Maybe not. An in-house memo written by agency biologist Jerry Mastel at the time of the logging suggests the Forest Service should have known that the logging would jeopardize wildlife. "Hammer (Timber and Lumber Co.) has a very bad attitude: goddamn FS (Forest Service), goddamn goshawk, next time we find one we're just going to cut the goddamn thing down ..."
In an interview, Mastel stood by his memo: "What I really wanted to do is to turn enough heads that this wouldn't happen again, and I think it succeeded." Shortly after the incident, Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest Supervisor Jerry Schmidt sent a memo to his employees saying future contracts should include protection for rare species, even if found after the sale. If necessary, Schmidt wrote, officials should breach contracts to protect species.
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