Sunday, April 01, 2007

Conservation groups want lynx included in forest plan

Groups Say Forest Plans Biggest Threat To Lynx

POSTED: 10:50 am MDT March 30, 2007
UPDATED: 11:07 am MDT March 30, 2007

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Conservation groups want the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to re-examine a decision concerning the lynx.

The court ruled earlier that the U.S. Forest Service doesn't have to review the impact of forest management plans on the lynx in the Carson and Santa Fe national forests.

Santa Fe-based Forest Guardians and other groups filed a request on Thursday asking the court to re-examine last month's decision.

Western Environmental Law Center attorney Matthew Bishop, who represents the groups, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service determined the chief threat to the lynx in the southern Rocky Mountains is forest plans that fail to include conservation measures for the animal.

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