Conservation groups are employing litigation and emotion to stop the D-Bug timber sale, while ignoring the environmental benefits. Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild say they will sue if the U.S. Forest Service finally goes ahead with plans to thin some 7,000 acres around Diamond and Lemolo lakes. The Forest Service has been planning the timber sale for five years in response to the growing fire hazard in the popular recreation area within the Umpqua National Forest. A mountain pine beetle epidemic and years of fire suppression have left the area stocked with dead wood and chocked with excess vegetation. Conditions …
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