Conservation Groups Challenge Flathead National Forest Plan

April 16, 2019, 5:05 PM

The 2018 land management plan for Flathead National Forest unlawfully abandoned key habitat protections for grizzly bears and bull trout, two local conservation groups claim in a new federal lawsuit.

The 2.4 million acre Montana forest is a sanctuary for the threatened species, but its value to these species depends in large part on the forest’s relative lack of roads and the human intrusion and sediment pollution that roads engender, according to the nonprofits Swan View Coalition and Friends of the Wild Swan.

Under longstanding policy, the U.S. Forest Service was required to limit the number of roads in grizzly ...

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