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Conservation group sues to stop timber sale

By The Associated Press
Published On: Mar 01 2014 10:35:20 AM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service to stop a timber sale in the Lewis and Clark National Forest.
    
The Independent Record (http://bit.ly/1bVbwpy) reports in a story on Saturday that the Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Great Falls.
    
The alliance contends the Blankenship Vegetation Treatment Project near Monarch could harm Canada lynx, goshawk and wolverines.
    
The project includes temporary road construction, commercial logging and prescribed burning on 1,100 acres within the Dry Fork of the Belt Creek drainage.
    
The Forest Service says a survey it did found no evidence of Canada lynx or goshawk, but that wolverines might sometimes use the area.
    
The alliance says the agency's survey failed to get an accurate understanding of the area.