Green Group Loses Challenge to Timber Harvest in Montana Forest

Sept. 30, 2020, 4:43 PM

The U.S. Forest Service can continue with its proposed timber harvest in the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana, but it can’t adopt a road system in the area without proper environmental review, a Montana federal court ruled.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana’s Tuesday ruling came mostly as a loss to an environmental group that challenged the project. The Darby Lumber Lands II Project includes timber harvest on more than 1,000 acres and more than 12 miles of permanent and temporary roads.

Friends of the Bitterroot argued the plan violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the...

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