Here’s a link to the Missoulian story, which has a very nice map, as well as the court decision.
Below is an excerpt:
“We had to defend this project in court and that required a significant amount of time and money,” Ninemile District Ranger Chad Benson said in an email Thursday. “I was disappointed in having to commit these additional expenditures, because from the start this was a collaborative project that had good public support and was designed with a lot of care, analysis and deliberation. To prevail in this lawsuit on all claims just affirmed that.”
The Rennic-Stark project got only four public comments before it was finalized in 2013. But the Alliance for the Wild Rockies appealed the decision, and then sued the Forest Service in August 2013 when its appeal was denied.
U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ruled against the environmental group on Oct. 28, noting the plaintiffs had not proved any of their claims.
The alliance raised issues about the Forest Service’s lack of consideration of climate change and how the project might affect sensitive or threatened species like Canada lynx, wolverine, bull trout, fisher and goshawk.
“On the contrary, the Forest Service’s actions regarding the project appear thoughtful, informed and undertaken in the best interests of this portion of the Lolo National Forest,” Christensen wrote.