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New Decision - 9th Circuit Stops Logging Plan - Cites Elk Habitat

Posted by nationalforestlawblog on September 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court decision from Montana's Judge Molloy that would have allowed a logging plan in the Gallatin National Forest to proceed.  The Ninth Circuit panel upheld the project from almost all of the environmentalists' challenges, but agreed with them on one.  (As they say, try to throw as much as you can up against the wall and see what sticks).  The court agreed with environmentalists who said the logging plan would remove too much cover for elk habitat.  As such, the Forest Service is back to the drawing board. 


Elk, huh?  Isn't that the same species the environmental groups has said there are too many of when hunters and ranchers complain about the wolf predation.   Now they are on the side of the elk when it will force a stop to logging projects in the Gallatin plan.  Convenient. 


Read more about the decision at Courthouse News Service, the Bozeman Chronicle, or access the full text from the Ninth Circuit's website here.

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