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Court temporarily blocks western Montana logging project

Associated Press in NBC Montana
March 14, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A judge has blocked a project that called for logging and prescribed burning in the Elkhorn Mountains near Townsend. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters on Tuesday ruled in favor of two conservation groups that sued to stop the project to cut conifer trees on 7 square miles and burn another 2 square miles. …The groups say the project includes 2 square miles of logging, building nearly 6 miles of new temporary roads and reopening 16 miles of previously closed roads. They say U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t properly analyze the project’s potential harm to threatened grizzly bears and the habitat of wolverines and threatened Canada lynx. Attorneys representing the U.S. Forest Service say the project would reduce wildfire threats. A U.S. district judge previously ruled in favor of the project.

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