- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a logging project near West Yellowstone can move forward, despite opposition from two environmental groups.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/20eODDB ) U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a lawsuit over the Rendezvous Trail forest thinning project. The plan calls for the thinning of about 250 acres of forested land and construction of new road segments.

Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the Native Ecosystems Council filed the suit in 2014, claiming the federal agency didn’t thoroughly examine potential impacts to the environment and effects on grizzly bears and Canada lynx.

But Christensen wrote in his order that the effects of road construction on wildlife were “insignificant” because of the project’s proximity to West Yellowstone.


Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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