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Forest Service moving ahead with timber project

Published On: Jan 20 2013 12:02:59 PM MST
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

The U.S. Forest Service says it has successfully answered a federal judge's legal questions involving a 2,038-acre proposed logging project in the Lolo National Forest about 10 miles north of Seeley Lake.
    
Lolo National Forest Supervisor Debbie Austin last week wrote she found no reason to add more information about the Colt Summit project proposed in 2011, opening the way for work to start this summer.
    
Conservation groups sued in September 2011, and U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy last June halted the project after ruling the Forest Service didn't adequately analyze the project's cumulative effects on lynx.
    
Austin in August submitted a supplemental environmental assessment for public review to address those concerns.
    
Environmental groups tell the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/10uNbQo) they're considering their next move.