A federal judge in Denver recently ordered the U.S.
Forest Service to shelve a timber sale a decade in the making.
Judge Lewis Babcock told the Forest Service on Nov. 17 to abandon a
240-acre timber sale at Long Draw in Colorado's Arapahoe-Roosevelt
National Forest. He said the Forest Service illegally favored
clearcutting over less-intrusive logging methods and violated
federal law requiring the agency to restock harvested areas within
five years of the final cut. The judge's message is clear: "No
logging is permitted unless the land can quickly regenerate," says
Roger Flynn, who represented three members of Ancient Forest Rescue
in the suit. Flynn calls the decision a precedent that should now
apply to much of the West where high altitude or dry conditions
make quick forest regrowth a problem. The decision comes after a
10-year battle by opponents of the sale. Forest Service attorney
Robert Clark says the Forest Service is considering appealing the