Environmentalists To Fight Logging Through Study Of Species

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WEST PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) – Environmentalists plan to gather evidence of any rare and endangered species in Ohio’s Shawnee State Forest this spring in an effort to fend off proposed logging in the area.

Experts who study insects, birds and other creatures will engage in what they call a “bioblitz.” It aims to gather evidence of threatened or endangered species in the upper portion of the forest’s Rock Run watershed in West Portsmouth.

The documentation will be used by environmentalists to build their case against the proposed logging.

The state Department of Natural Resources last summer halted an 84-acre timber sale in the upper portion of the 1,300-acre watershed.

State forestry division officials say part of the agency’s mission involves harvesting timber from a portion of state forests.