Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho


Challenges to a 75 million board-feet Clearwater National Forest logging proposal along the route of the historic Lewis and Clark Trail or the related forest access plan came from the tribe and a variety of conservation groups. All will be forwarded for review with a decision due by July 14. "This project follows a pattern of legal violations by the Clearwater in recent years, including breaking their promises in a 1993 settlement to protect water quality and old growth on the forest," Land and Water Fund attorney Laird Lucas said. "If necessary, we will take this to court." The appeals coordinator refuted claims the project area includes the only remaining roadless section along the entire trail. The area is adjacent to the 113,662-acre North Lochsa Slope Roadless Area, some of which would be logged under the plan. Environmentalists contend logging the area will result in erosion damage to the Lochsa River, Fish Creek and other salmon and steelhead spawning streams. "With the Lewis and Clark bicentennial fast approaching, the Clearwater National Forest decides to do a massive timber sale including major burning projects visible from the historic route," Larry McLaud of the Idaho Conservation League said. "We doubt this is what people want to experience."