Judge Halts Fleecer Mtn Logging Project: USFS shortcut lynx, griz analysis, must also supplement EA with “full and fair discussion of the impact that temporary roads will have on elk”

According to this news article [emphasis added]: A judge on Friday blocked [the Fleecer Mountain] logging project in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and ordered two federal agencies to take another look at the effects on lynx, grizzly bears and elk that may be in the area…. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen wrote in his ruling the …

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Judge: USFS Must Consult with US FWS to Protect 10 Million Acres of Lynx Critical Habitat

On May 16, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge Dana Christensen ruled in favor of conservation groups and found that the U.S. Forest Service violated the Endangered Species Act when it failed to consult with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to determine whether its region-wide management direction for the threatened Canada lynx would destroy or …

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Colt Summit: Judge dings Forest Service for failure to “prepare a supplemental environmental assessment”

The Colt Summit timber sale – and subsequent lawsuit – on the Lolo National Forest in Montana has been the source of much previous debate on this site, even though this is the first timber sale lawsuit on the Lolo NF in over 6 years.  Well, just today the next step in the legal process …

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Wildlife Advocates Sue Feds to Force Long-Awaited Recovery Plan for Canada Lynx

The following press release is from the Western Environmental Law Center and a coalition of wildlife advocacy groups, including Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, San Juan Citizens Alliance, and the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. -mk   Missoula, MT – The Canada lynx was listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act …

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MT: Trapping in Lynx Country Jeopardizes Recovery Efforts, Violates ESA

The topic of lynx and forest management has been covered recently at this blog.  Yesterday, a new twist emerged as the lynx news coming out of Montana was related to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently announced wolf-trapping season, which will run from December 15 to February 28 across much of the state – including …

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