BEMIDJI (AP) -- Both environmentalists and the timber industry oppose a U.S. Forest Service plan for managing the Chippewa and Superior national forests over the next 15 years -- but for different reasons.
The environmentalists say the agency's plan would result in too much timber being cut. The timber industry, meanwhile, claims not enough timber would be cut down under the proposal.
The deadline for public comment on the forest management plan is Sept. 11.
Last week, conservation groups urged the Forest Service to "do better" and abandon plans that would increase logging and motorized recreation on the two forests, arguing that greater emphasis should be placed on protecting the dwindling wild lands.
"The U.S. Forest Service proposal permits too much logging, too much motorized recreation, and not enough conservation in the Superior and Chippewa national forests," said Susan Solterman, policy director of Minnesota Audubon.
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