Environment & Energy

Forest Service Appeals Road Ruling in Bitterroot Timber Harvest

Nov. 27, 2020, 9:36 PM

The U.S. Forest Service is challenging a court’s finding that it needs to conduct more environmental review before building roads as part of a proposed timber harvest in Montana’s Bitterroot National Forest, according to a notice filed in a federal court in the state.

Friends of the Bitterroot argued the agency failed to take a hard look at its Darby Lumber Lands II Project as required under the National Environmental Policy Act. The proposed project involved timber harvest on more than 1,000 acres and more than 12 miles of permanent and temporary roads.

The agency’s finding that the project will...

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