Lawsuit Seeks To Block Sierra Logging

By: AP
By: AP
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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A renowned conservation biologist who has done research for the Forest Service for more than a decade is suing the agency to try to block logging in the mountains above Lake Tahoe.

University of Nevada biology professor Dennis Murphy says the logging is being done illegally under the guise of reducing wildfire threats that don't exist.

He says the Forest Service is ignoring its own analysis of the low fire risk in the high altitude, old-growth forest on about 100 acres surrounding Echo Lakes about 8 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

He says the logging threatens the survival of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed be listed as an endangered species.

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