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Wisconsin Environmentalists Hold Surprise Meeting

Posted by nationalforestlawblog on November 20, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Wisconsin - Habitat Education Center and Chicago's Environmental Law and Policy Center held a surprise public meeting on Forestry issues in Madison led by Democrat Joe Parisi.   The Ruffed Grouse Society was not invited.  Wisconsin County Forest Association was not invited.  It was essentially a little environmental dog and pony show.  You can view the de facto press conference here .  So what was the reason?  It's subtle.  The environmentalists are interested in challenged any WDNR action.  Instead they are sore at losing so many of their recent cases in federal court challenging the timber sales on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  So why take their beef to the state?  They are trying to get the state to reverse course in supporting the Forest Service with comments.  Instead, to bolster their future litigation, Habitat Education Center wants the WDNR to file comments opposing these Forest Service sales.  That's the wrinkle.  However, don't expect the State's position to change anytime soon. Instead, I would expect Habitat Education Center's losing streak in Wisconsin to continue.

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