Guardians and Western Watersheds Project filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s revised Forest Plan for Montana’s Flathead National Forest. We also put the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on notice that we plan to challenge its finding that this Forest Plan isn’t dangerous to the Flathead’s wildlife and wildlife habitat.
The Flathead National Forest borders Glacier National Park and contains some of the most intact wildlands and free-flowing rivers on the entire continent. It’s a refuge for many imperiled species, including grizzly bears, Canada lynx, gray wolves, wolverine, and bull trout. But the Forest Plan, which will guide all future forest activities, is prioritizing activities that destroy habitats and disturb wildlife—including logging, road building, and grazing.
“The best available science supports the notion that the Forest Service can do more to protect imperiled wildlife. The continued struggle of grizzly bear and bull trout to survive on the Flathead signal the agency should do more,” said Guardians’ Marla Fox.
Read the press release.