Montana looks to intervene in forest project litigation

HELENA (AP) — Montana is looking to support the U.S. Forest Service in fighting off a lawsuit challenging a wildfire mitigation project.

State Attorney General Tim Fox filed a request Monday to intervene in the litigation over the Ten Mile-South Helena Project.

The project calls for forest thinning, logging and burning on more than 27 square miles in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Helena Hunters and Anglers and the Montana Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit earlier this year over concerns about the impact of mechanized logging on wildlife.

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council also filed a lawsuit, contending the federal agency erred in its environmental analysis for the project.

The lawsuits have been consolidated into one case.

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