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Montana Land board approves logging project

January 23, 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Logging opponents have filed a lawsuit over the Montana Land Board’s approval of a proposed logging project south of Bozeman.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that Save Our Gallatin Front filed the lawsuit Tuesday shortly after the board voted unanimously to move forward with the Limestone West Timber Sale, a 443-acre (179-hectare) project the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation proposed for state school trust lands.

The board’s decision left open the option for opponents of the sale to bid on a 25-year deferral of any logging there. It’s the first time such a license has been offered for an entire logging project.

However, the lawsuit contends the terms of the deferral are unfair and will let the state sell the same trees twice.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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