From KS Wild:
The Lower Graves Timber Grab by the Grants Pass Resource Area of the Medford BLM was effectively halted by an Oregon Federal District Judge yesterday. The 571-acre timber sale targeted mature and old-growth forests for partial cutting and “regeneration” logging, in which old growth forest canopy and wildlife habitat would be removed, dense young timber plantations established, and fire hazard increased. This court order protects the Grave Creek watershed from logging proposed under this illegal timber grab.
In the lawsuit filed by conservation allies KS Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, and Oregon Wild, the judge agreed that public lands managers cannot simply ignore the need to reduce instead of increase fire hazards.