Judge rules against FS in N. Idaho lawsuit

Posted at 11:09 AM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 13:09:41-04

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Forest Service erred in deciding Idaho officials planning a logging project didn't need a special use permit to use a road that crosses private property within a Wild and Scenic River corridor.

The ruling issued Monday says the Forest Service failed to consider requirements of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act pertaining to the Selway River.

An injunction preventing use of the road was in place but the 167 acres on state endowment land was logged using helicopters.

The court said a ruling was still needed because of future state plans in the area.

Idaho Rivers United and property owners Morgan and Olga Wright filed the lawsuit in 2015 seeking to reverse the Forest Service decision that Forest Road 652 is public.