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Judge Approves Plan to Log Trees Burned by Millie Fire

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BOZEMAN - A proposal to remove scorched trees in Gallatin Canyon will move forward as planned after a federal judge ruled it poses no threat to two endangered species.

In April of 2013, the U.S. Forest Service approved the Millie Roadside Hazard Tree Removal Plan.

The plan would cut trees burned by the Millie Fire in 2012 along 15 miles of road in the Storm Castle Creek drainage in Gallatin Canyon.

Last August, two environmental groups, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council, sued the USFS over the plan, saying it could harm endangered grizzly bears and lynx.

Missoula Judge Dana Christensen says the two groups failed to prove their case that the cut would put the animals in harm.

The Millie Fire burned about 16 square miles in Storm Castle Creek and the plan would log up to 730 acres.
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