Groups seek injunction in N. Idaho project

Posted at 10:38 AM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 12:38:31-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Two conservation groups have asked a federal judge for an injunction to temporarily stop a salvage logging project on a national forest near the Selway and Middle Fork Clearwater rivers in northern Idaho.

Idaho Rivers United and Friends of the Clearwater filed the motion last week as part of their lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Forest Service seeking to stop the project that aims to harvest about 34 million board feet of timber scorched by wildfire.

The groups contend in the lawsuit filed in early March that the Forest Service's approval of the project violates the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

A wildfire burned more than 20 square miles in 2014, mostly on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

The Forest Service wants to start logging on May 15.