A conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service to stop a timber sale in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. On Saturday the wild Rockies alliance filed the suit in U.S. District Court here in Great Falls. Their goal is to fight the Blankenship Vegetation Treatment project near Monarch that advocates say could harm Canadian lynx, goshawks and wolverines.
The project itself would include road construction, commercial logging and burning over 1,000 acres of the belt creek drainage. To fight their case, the Forestry Service did it's own investigation and found no evidence of goshawks or Canadian lynx in the area, however wolverines have been spotted in that location.
The Alliance challenged the Forestry Service survey claiming it had failed to get an accurate understanding of the area.