Suit filed over Flathead forest roads - Counties, businesses challenge road closures
They are asking a judge to block the Forest Service from closing roads and to order it to revise its management plan for the forest, which dates to 1986, according to the lawsuit.
A spokesman for the northwestern Montana forest did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Local and regional foresters and U.S. Agriculture Department officials are named as defendants.
The listed plaintiffs include: Flathead and Sanders counties; Montanans for Multiple Use; Montana Gold Prospectors; Montanans for Property Rights; The Flathead Snowmobile Association; North American Wolf Watch; Owens & Hurst Lumber Co.; a Kalispell area business, Leland's Honda, and its owner, Leland Moore; and state Rep. George Everett, R-Kalispell, and State Sen. Jerry O'Neil, R-Columbia Falls.
Environmental groups also have sued the forest over motorized access.
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