Posted: Jun 22, 2012 9:59 AM by Mike Powers - KPAX News
Updated: Jun 22, 2012 10:04 AM
MISSOULA- A project in the Seeley Lake Ranger District that has stirred some controversy has at least temporarily been delayed by a Federal District Court Judge Donald Molloy.
Several environmental groups, who filed a lawsuit to stop the Colt Summit Project, claim the ruling by was a victory, but a coalition in favor of the work claims it's a win for them.
"There are those in the past that just worried about the trout habitat, for example. And, others who wanted wilderness components and other who said we need some logs for the saw mill. And, all those folks came together and figured out how to do this in a collaborative way," Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss told us.
"The judge agreed with use that we compiled with the National Forest Management Act Regulations. We are complying with Forest Service plan standards. We're complying with NEPA in all but one aspect and that one aspect is the cumulative effect on lynx," Megan Birzel with the Wilderness Society said.
Judge Molloy said he wants more information on how the federally protected lynx would be affected by the project and a final decision could come by the end of the month.
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