2014 Year in Review
In 2014, progress was made on a number of fronts with respect to protection of the Upper Echo Lake area:
- the Forest Service agreed not to engage in any activity in furtherance of the Upper Echo Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project;
- the Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog as endangered;
- the Forest Service agreed to initiate consultation with the Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the effects of the Upper Echo Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project on the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog; and
- the Regional Water Quality Control Board reviewed Forest Service actions pursuant to the Upper Echo Lake Hazardous Fuels Reduction Project in 2013, determined that such actions were contrary to the Board's authorizing legislation, and required the Forest Service to take corrective action.
Unfortunately, the Forest Service has yet to acknowledge its prior misconduct. In addition, the agency has yet to abandon or reform the Project in order to protect the Upper Echo Lake environment. Perhaps this will occur in 2015.