The Hungry Ridge project and the End of the World project are two nearly adjacent logging projects separated by a strip of land currently being logged under an earlier Forest Service-approved project, the Doc Denny logging project.
Below: St. Johns Creek, Hungry Ridge project area.
The Hungry Ridge and End of the World logging projects together would sell 317 million board feet of timber off of the public’s forest in an area over 40 square miles. That’s over 52,000 trucks hauling away trees over the course of ten years. These projects would log illegal amounts of old growth and will log in degraded watersheds, further impacting steelhead after one of the hottest summers on record. The projects authorized supersized clearcuts, contributing to the increasing trend that of more and bigger clearcuts across the region (see FOC’s The Clearcut Kings: The US Forest Service Northern Region and its obsession with supersized clearcuts). The Forest Service’s analysis in the Hungry Ridge and End of the World projects illegally diminished or ignored the projects’ impacts to sensitive species like the fisher (a Region 1 sensitive species) and the grizzly (listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act).
The Forest Service purports to log under outdated forest health and wildfire narratives that have been debunked by the best science. FOC provided that science for both projects during public comment periods—the Forest Service ignored that science.
As a last resort, we brought suit.
Read our complaint.