HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A federal appeals court has blocked a logging project in the Gallatin National Forest over concerns that it would remove too much of the vegetation that elk use for cover.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is requiring the U.S. Forest Service to revise its 810-acre logging plan to ensure it meets the elk-cover requirement in the Gallatin forest's plan.
The logging project in the Crazy Mountains is meant to reduce the risk of wildfire.
A resident near the project and two environmental groups sued the Forest Service over the plan. Among their claims, they say the project would remove too much cover migrating elk use to feel secure.
The appeals court in its decision Wednesday said the Forest Service erred in calculating how much elk cover should be left.
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