Environmental and outdoor organizations have successfully halted the Thunderstruck timber sale, a U.S. Forest Service plan to cut 330 acres of mature hardwoods in North Carolina’s Nantahala National Forest. The proposed logging sites include stands of cove forest more than 100 years old. The Forest Service acknolwedged that it failed to give full consideration to the environmental impacts and long-term costs of the four miles of new and restored roads needed for the project.

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