On Monday, October 5th, Kentucky Heartwood
and the Kentucky Resources Council jointly filed an administrative objection (“predecisional objection”)
to the South Red Bird Wildlife Enhancement Project on the Daniel Boone National Forest.
About the South Red Bird Wildlife Enhancement Project
The project would approve 3,600 acres of logging in the Redbird District of the Daniel Boone in Clay and Leslie Counties. The project also approves the construction of nearly 100 miles of full-bench skid roads across extremely steep and highly erodible mountain slopes for hauling out the timber.
Extensive field work by Kentucky Heartwood has demonstrated massive and ongoing landslides resulting from the same types of management in the adjacent Group One project. The Forest Service’s South Red Bird project could degrade or destroy up to 16% of designated critical habitat for the federally-threatened Kentucky arrow darter (Etheostoma spilotum
), and degrade habitat for the federally-endangered snuffbox mussel (Epioblasma triquetra
The South Red Bird project could also have major impacts to federally-threatened northern long-eared bats (Myotis septenrionalis) through large-scale habitat fragmentation (some logging units are 200 acres to nearly 400 acres in size) and logging the closed-canopy flight corridors they use to travel in the forest.
KRC appreciates the hard work of our ally Kentucky Heartwood and its dedicated staff, and encourage you to join and support Kentucky Heartwood.