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By Dan Rudy 

Judge throws out Big Thorne challenges


Legal challenges to the Big Thorne timber sale were dismissed in their entirety by a federal judge last Friday. Ten environmental groups filed three separate legal actions against the United States Forest Service (USFS) last year, challenging its planned sale on Prince of Wales Island.

United States District Judge Ralph Beistline denied the plaintiffs’ motions for summary judgement, granting in favor of USFS.

The Big Thorne sale would allow timber to be harvested from approximately 6,200 of the area’s 232,000 acres of forested land over several years, within the roaded land base of Prin...

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