DURANGO — The U.S. Forest Service has canceled a choice to use chain saws to clear timber killed by bark beetles in two wilderness areas in southwestern Colorado.
The Durango Herald studies Rocky Mountain Regional Forester Brian Ferebee introduced the choice in a letter to forest supervisors Monday, citing studies of avalanches blocking trails in the Weminuche and South San Juan wilderness areas.
The agency in Might approved the motorized gear, prompting a lawsuit by conservation teams that claimed chain saws in wilderness areas would violate regulation.
San Juan Citizens Alliance Government Director Mark Pearson says they’ll dismiss the lawsuit following the announcement.
Ferebee says the decision has been rescinded until the agency’s “assessed needs are completed.”
Officers didn’t reply to the newspaper’s questions in search of clarification for that assertion.
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