Environmentalists sue over Idaho logging project
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- An Idaho environmental group is among plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to stop a logging project on the Nez Perce National Forest.
Friends of the Clearwater along with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies said Wednesday they'd filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court to halt the 2,600-acre Little Slate timber sale.
The groups argue the Forest Service's proposal would destroy habitat for species including Canada lynx, northern goshawks and bull trout.
Earlier this summer, the groups announced they would try to block the project, on grounds that the Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are violating both the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
The forest has said the project would yield timber products, reduce fuels, help restore watersheds and manage roads.