From the Western News here:
A potential legal challenge could result in the delay or termination of timber sales in the Kootenai National Forest that were scheduled to begin this winter as part of the East Reservoir Project.
Attorney Timothy Bechtold, representing the Alliance for The Wild Rockies, sent a notice of intent to file suit on Dec. 2, 2014, to the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and their parent agencies. The notice alleges the record of decision signed on Oct. 27, 2014 fails to adequately address the protection of bull trout, white sturgeon, Canada lynx and grizzly bear species native to the impacted area.
The East Reservoir Project, approximately 15 miles east of Libby, will contribute approximately 39 million board feet of timber products to the economy, according to the final record of decision issued by the Forest Service. Of that amount, Forest Supervisor Chris Savage said about 6.5 million board feet would be available in sale packages as early as this winter.
Lincoln County Commissioner Greg Larson was dismayed by the news of a possible delay in the timber sale.
“We need a sustainable and predictable source of timber in Lincoln County,” Larson said. “The lack of a predictable timber supply prevents companies from wanting to invest the millions of dollars needed to build a mill here.”
Larson said the county commissioners have been working hard to improve timber management in the area, the work that has been done in cooperation with the Forest Service and other stakeholders to ensure proper management of forest resources from both an environmental and economic standpoint. Suits such as this, Larson said, “are detrimental to those efforts.”