U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey Viken has denied a motion for a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Forest Service to prevent implementation of the Norbeck Wildlife Project, which will include mechanized tree removal and prescribed burns on portions of the 34,000-acre preserve. Read the Journal's story here.
Hooray for Judge Viken. Environmental groups have for decades prevented the wise management of the Black Hills National Forest, while at the same time killed a once-thriving timber industry. Blame for the Rocky Mountain Pine Beetle infestation and subsequent devastation in the Black Hills can be placed squarely on the environmental groups which have prevented the sensible harvesting of infected trees while they still had value.
It is high time that we had a judge on the federal bench who has the best interest of a sustainable, multi-use forest at heart.