New Timber Sale Lawsuit

CRATER LAKE, Ore. — National forest land near Crater Lake will be the latest target for a lawsuit from conservation groups in Southern Oregon.

The groups notified the U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday that they will go to court, unless the service agrees to changes in the “d-bug” timber sale on the Umpqua National Forest. The sale is designed to reduce fire danger and deal with pine beetle infestations around Diamond Lake and Lemolo.

Though the Forest Service dropped some elements, the conservation groups say logging still threatens old growth forest that is important habitat for protected species. The Forest Service said it does not comment on pending litigation.