“I applaud the Forest Service for the process and outcome of this project,” Josh Kelly, public lands biologist with an environmental group Mountain True told the Citizen Times. “This proves that multiple-use management can work for everyone when all perspectives are valued.” According to the Forest Service website, the Twelve Mile Project will: Designate small patch old growth to ensure habitat connectivity between the designated medium and large patch old growthUse commercial and non-commercial timber harvest techniques to promote the growth of young trees, increase the diversity of forest structure and age classes, improve wildlife habitat, and regenerate oaksConduct prescribed burns to promote fire-adapted plant communities and create and maintain open forest conditionsImprove the composition, structure, condition, health, and growth of young forest strands by removing competing vegetationIncrease open forest conditions across woodlands which typically have an open canopy with a grassy understoryThin forest to improve growth and enhance forest healthCreate or maintain wildlife openings to provide important feeding areas for a variety of wildlifeImprove stream crossings to restore aquatic organism passages where roads cross streamsEnhance streams by improving aquatic habitat diversity and stabilizing streambanks to prevent erosion The U.S. Forest Service has completed an environmental assessment and made a final decision on the Twelve Mile Project, one of the largest timber sales in the history of Pisgah National Forest, the Citizen Times reports. The U.S. Forest Service says on their website that the “Twelve Mile Project will help maintain a healthy and diverse forest that supports wildlife, provides a sustainable output of timber, improves water quality and aquatic habitat, and improves access to the forest.” The project is needed to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest in order to meet the needs of current and future generations, the U.S. Forest Service says.
Plaintiffs in the Home Depot data breach lawsuit filed a brief last week opposing the company’s motion to dismiss.Counsel representing CUNA, state credit union leagues and credit unions filed the brief as part of their lawsuit seeking recovery and injunctive relief associated with Home Depot’s 2014 data breach that compromised 56 million credit and debit cards.Home Depot filed a motion to dismiss the complaint against it on July 1, arguing the plaintiffs had not adequately alleged concrete injury. Plaintiff’s opposition brief states that plaintiffs had out-of-pocket financial loss from reimbursing their customers for fraud losses stemming from the breach, and reissuing cards in the face of substantial risk of actual and impending harm–injuries plaintiffs’ counsel argue are sufficient to bring this matter before the court.“Plaintiffs’ costs of reimbursing fraud losses were not incurred to mitigate future harm but from a legal duty to redress fraudulent acts that already had occurred,” the brief reads. “As a result, there is no question plaintiffs have standing.”Susan Parisi, CUNA’s chief counsel, said plaintiff’s counsel is optimistic that a ruling on the motion to dismiss will be favorable to the plaintiffs. The case will then proceed to the discovery phase of litigation, where a formal exchange of information will take place. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Smart said last weekend his rehab process had been difficult.“It’s tough, tough from that standpoint because our whole lives we’ve been taught to fight through pain, to fight through injuries, to fight through anything, adversity, obstacles,” Smart said, via MassLive.com. “You get on that court you’re taught to go, go, go. You know the old saying, you’re going to feel better than you really are soon.“Sometimes your mind actually forgets that you’re hurting, and you try to do things. You have to remind yourself, slow it down, take it easy, and that’s the hard part because you want to go, go, go but you can’t.” NBA playoffs 2019: Gordon Hayward, Brad Stevens discuss Celtics’ sweep of Pacers Malcolm Brogdon injury update: Bucks guard (foot) ‘progressing’ toward return Marcus Smart still isn’t close to returning to the court. But, he’s making progress, coach Brad Stevens told reporters Tuesday.The 25-year-old guard suffered an oblique injury late in the regular season and is expected to be out for four to six weeks. Smart, however, began running on a treadmill Tuesday and also participated in lighting shooting drills, according to NBC Sports Boston. Off the treadmill and now some one-foot shooting for Marcus Smart. pic.twitter.com/XHD77VaGpU— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) April 23, 2019Stevens said at practice Tuesday he didn’t “have an update” about Smart’s status.“I know he’s not close to playing,” Stevens said. “I know he’s progressed well, but I don’t know what that means. … (The medical staff) said he’s making good progress. But it didn’t sound like the timeline was changing all that much from when I last talked to the training staff about it. I really haven’t talked about it in the last, probably, week or so.” Related News Smart finished the regular season averaging 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and four assists. He shot 42.2 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range.The Celtics swept the Pacers in their first-round series. They’ll face the top-seeded Bucks in Round 2.