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Ninth Circuit allowing Helena-area Forest Service project to proceed

By Tom Kuglin
The Helene Independent Record
January 14, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

HELENA, Montana — A federal appeals court is allowing a Forest Service project southwest of Helena to proceed while also allowing the agency to reevaluate a portion of its original decision. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over claims brought by Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council that the agencies failed to adequately analyze the impacts of the Telegraph Vegetation Project on threatened grizzly bears and Canadian lynx. The court also agreed to allow the Forest Service to withdraw a portion of the project that it admitted used inaccurate mapping. Under the ruling, the 5,600-acre Telegraph project located 15 miles southwest of Helena will be allowed to proceed. …Last year a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by the groups. 

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