HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A conservation group is suing the U.S. Forest Service to block a logging project in the Lolo National Forest.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Alliance for the Wild Rockies says the Forest Service did not adequately analyze the effects of the Rennic Stark Project on protected or sensitive species.
The group claims the decision to approve the project violates federal laws by failing to ensure the survival or recovery of Canada lynx, wolverines, fishers, goshawks and west slope cutthroat trout.
Lolo National Forest Supervisor Deborah Austin approved the project in the Ninemile Ranger District in March.
It calls for commercial logging of 1,976 acres, tree-thinning on 1,975 acres and prescribed burning on 5,250 acres.
Austin says in her decision the assessment of the project's effects on wildlife was sound.