"Judge Blocks Logging In The Tongass, For Now"

"A federal judge says Forest Service failed to meet environmental standards"

"A federal judge ordered a preliminary injunction Monday halting the sale of nearly 1,200 acres of old-growth trees in the Tongass National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service was planning to allow logging on 1,156 acres of land on Prince of Wales Island, according to the injunction, but a federal judge in Anchorage determined that, “the balance of harms tips sharply in Plaintiffs’ favor.”

The plaintiffs in this case are a number of environmental organizations including Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Alaska Rainforest Defenders and the Sierra Club which are being represented by the law firm Earthjustice."

Peter Segall reports for the Juneau Empire September 23, 2019.

Source: Juneau Empire, 09/25/2019