The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest has been identified as one of the “10 most endangered national forests” in America and is also one of the most heavily-logged national forests in the Eastern region (stretching from Minnesota to Maine). The harmful impacts on waterways, habitat and related natural resources and conservation goals are significant. The national forest covers about 1.5 million acres in the northern part of Wisconsin, including numerous rivers and more than 300 animal species. The area consists primarily of northern hardwood, mixed conifer and aspen trees, along with numerous rivers, lakes and other waterways. Its habitat includes endangered and threatened species, such as the Northern goshawk, Red-shouldered hawk and American pine marten.
What is ELPC Doing?
ELPC is working through federal courts to protect this treasured natural resource. We need to restore ecological balance to this very special place in the Midwest. ELPC’s goal is not to end all logging, but to ensure that logging interests are better balanced with environmental considerations. In so doing, we can continue logging employment where it makes sense, while also preserving the outdoor environment for the growing tourism industry and for the ecosystem services provided by this significant natural area.