Verdicts in Tecuya Ridge and Cuddy Valley appeals cut two ways on tree thinning

  • [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

    [photo by Patric Hedlund, The Mountain Enterprise]

By Patric Hedlund, TME

The future of Tecuya Ridge and Cuddy Valley may be shaped by two opposite verdicts handed down by the same three-judge appeals panel last week.

The impact of the two rulings on February 4 by California’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals may be that forest thinning on the ridges of Cuddy Valley will proceed, while over a thousand acres of Tecuya Ridge may be spared commercial harvesting of large trees.

The decision in the Tecuya Ridge lawsuit came nearly three years after the Center for Biological Diversity, Los Padres ForestWatch, and John Muir Project first filed Los Padres ForestWatch et al. v. U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That suit alleges that the United States Forest Service violated federal law by…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

Photo captions:

A view of Cuddy Valley 

Cuddy Valley Project Area

Tecuya Ridge Project Area

In the Cuddy Valley stand due to be thinned, Chad Hanson, PhD, of the John Muir Project demonstrates the size of trees that the February 4 Appeals Court ruling will allow to be taken by logging contractors.

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This is part of the February 11, 2022 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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