Wisconsin Logging Impact Study On Natural Habitat Underway

The government is putting together more detailed environmental studies of how logging in Wisconsin's national forest land impacts wildlife habitat, particularly for birds.

They're being done in response to a federal judge's decision blocking the planned sale of timber rights on about 22,000 acres in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The Madison-based Habitat Education Center filed a lawsuit over the logging, and U-S District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that the Forest Service must consider the cumulative effects that timber sales have on the environment, not just the specific sales at hand.

The center contends allowing the sales would damage the habitat of the red-shouldered hawk, the goshawk and the American marten.

Debra Kidd of the Forest Service says the studies should be done by late January. They're aimed at correcting the deficiencies that the judge identified in the original environmental studies for the sales.