March 8, 2014
Environmental groups are protesting the state's plan to log in Coopers Rock State Forest.
The Division of Forestry plans to log a 210-acre tract in the northern West Virginia forest. The goal is to help regenerate several tree species and provide more diverse wildlife habitat and forest growth potential.
The Coopers Rock Forest Foundation and the Friends of Blackwater say the logging would harm two rare species, the Cheat threetooth snail and the Indiana bat. The groups have asked federal and state authorities to halt the project.
Division of Forestry lands manager Barbara Breshock says the plan includes buffer zones in areas known to contain snail populations. She says surveys have found no Indiana bats at the site.
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