Timber, Road Project in Montana National Forest Draws Lawsuit

Feb. 20, 2020, 7:37 PM

The U.S. Forest Service violated federal law by improperly approving timber harvesting and road construction in a Montana national forest, an area preservation group says in a new federal lawsuit.

The agency’s decision to approve the new roads and logging in the Bitterroot National Forest as part of the Darby Lumber Lands II Project is arbitrary and capricious and violates the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act, according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana.

The agency authorized the project in July 2019, and it will include more...

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