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Groups sue over Kaibab forest logging plan

FLAGSTAFF – A group of environmentalists is suing the federal government over a plan to log an area north of the Grand Canyon it says makes no sense economically or ecologically.

An administrative appeal of the plan that calls for logging on 9,100 acres of the Kaibab National Forest was rejected late last month.

The groups sued in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, saying the logging operations would erode soil, damage habitat for the threatened Mexican spotted owl and increase the risk for wildfires. They also claim logging will cost taxpayers more than $2 million.

The lawsuit names the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and WildEarth Guardians joined in the lawsuit filed Monday.

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