WPR News
10:17 am
Mon July 10, 2006

Conservation Groups Balk at Latest Grizzly Plan

Jackson, WY – Five conservation groups are appealing a grizzly bear habitat protection plan, saying it's insufficient.
The groups say the U-S Forest Service plan to protect habitat around Yellowstone National Park fails to protect bears, because it would open national forest lands to development.
Under the plan, no more than one percent of a conservation area around Yellowstone would be allowed to be affected by logging, road building, and other activities.
But environmentalists say the conservation area covers only about 60 percent of the region's grizzly bear habitat.
The groups appealing the plan are the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Western Watersheds Project and Sierra Club.