Flathead National Forest has withdrawn its Griffin Creek logging project in the face of appeals filed by Swan View Coalition and others.
On November 26th, 2012, the Flathead refused to modify the project during a meeting to attempt resolution of the appeals.
Already heavily logged, heavily roaded and riddled with invasive weeds, the majority of the Griffin Creek watershed is already considered by Flathead National Forest to be “functioning at risk.”
Swan View Coalition and other appellants argued more logging and road building will simply make matters worse.
They also argued the project is an irresponsible burden on the American taxpayer, building more new roads when the Flathead already receives less than one-sixth of the funds it needs to maintain its existing road system.
The project would build another 12 miles of permanent road, cut logs from 2,300 acres of forest and cut smaller trees on another 2,800 acres.
Logging road landslide into Sullivan Creek bull trout habitat!
Keith Hammer photo.