Federal judge tells Forest Service that Red Lodge logging project still doesn’t pass muster

By Darrell Ehrlick
Fairfied Sun Times
August 29, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

A federal judge has stopped a large logging project near Red Lodge because the United States Forest Service ignored that new maps it used to help determine the scope of the timber plan potentially cut out thousands of acres of the threatened Canada lynx habitat.  The project would span more than 21,000 acres in the Beartooth Ranger District of the Custer Gallatin National Forest. …However, it also encompasses areas in the Rock Creek and Rosebud lynx zones. …Federal Judge Dana Christensen said that because the U.S. Forest Service adopted its new logging project with new maps and databases, that should have triggered more consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife department because the new technology eliminated much of the area as lynx habitat – something that is not permissible without a more robust analysis and public engagement process.

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