Forest Service Re-Examines Lolo Logging Project
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has re-examined the effects of a logging project on lynx habitat in an attempt to lift a judge’s block of the Lolo National Forest project.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled in June that the Forest Service did not properly analyze the cumulative effects of the 2,038-acre Colt-Summit project on lynx habitat. He ruled in favor of the rest of the proposal but sent that part back for further consideration.
The analysis is required under the National Environmental Policy Act.
Lolo National Forest Supervisory Deborah Austin on Wednesday submitted a supplemental environmental assessment for public review. The public now has 30 days to comment on the lynx analysis.
Austin will decide afterward whether to change her decision approving the project.