Environmentalists have won a federal court order halting logging of $1.6 million worth of salvage timber along the south fork of the Trinity River in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton issued a 45-page preliminary injunction Monday, preventing the logging of 18.4 million board-feet of lumber until a trial settles the case.
The Wilderness Society asked for the logging ban, contending that the sale should be stopped so that potential dangers from erosion affecting fisheries and water quality of the south fork could be studied further.
The river was declared a federal wild and scenic stream in 1981 under rules requiring that it be managed so that its wild and scenic values were retained.
Karlton said the Forest Service has failed to follow its own regulations by not adopting a management plan.