|Posted by nationalforestlawblog on February 16, 2011 at 11:36 AM|
On February 7, 2011, Native Ecosystem Council and Alliance for the Wild Rockies filed suit challing the revised forest plan and the North Butte salvage project on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The environmental groups' challenges arise under NEPA, NFMA and the APA. The challenged project would include the salvage of beetle-killed lodgepole pine on 413 acres, temporary road construction and actions to protect riparian areas from livestock.
The plaintiffs claim that the project failed to comply with the revised forest plan's definition of elk security area. In addition, they say that there are point sources that have not been analyzed under NEPA pursuant to NEDC v. Brown (9th Cir. 2010). They also claim that the project is not economically feasible and will actually lose $130,000.
The case is Native Ecosystem v. Weldon, 9:11-cv-0027 (D.Mont.)