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Minnesota Conservationists Ask Court to Protect Wildlife and Wilderness

July 3, 2007


Several Minnesota conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday to try to stop proposed logging of 18 square miles in the northern part of the state. Lois Norrgard with the Sierra Club of Minnesota says it involves a timber sale the Forest Service plans in the Superior National Forest.

“It's cutting along the borders of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in such a way that'll impact the quality of the wilderness itself.”

The action focuses on the proposed sale of land for logging around the Trout Lake area of the Boundary Waters northwest of Ely. The suit was filed in federal court in St. Paul.

Norrgard adds that the suit is also intended to protect Northern Minnesota wildlife.

“The environmental impact studies that they have done have not looked at wildlife. There's a lot of concern about the lynx, which is an endangered species here in Minnesota, habitat needs and other species.”

She notes that the proposed large timber sale would have a negative impact on the Boundary Waters, in violation of the Wilderness Act of 1964.

Norrgard firmly believes that Minnesota's northern wilderness needs to be protected.

“It's the place people go for their vacations. It's the place that they like to know is just preserved, whether they can get there or not. It is truly wild, and there are very few places left at all in the lower 48, but especially here in Minnesota, that are truly in their natural, wild state. So, people want to see these kinds of places reserved and protected for future.”

Jim Wishner/Eric Mack, Public News Service - MN