HELENA, Mont. - A federal judge has blocked a logging project in a Montana national forest that is considered critical habitat for Canada lynx.
U.S. District Judge Brian Morris ruled Tuesday that the project will not go forward until the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service consult and analyze the cumulative effects on the threatened species.
The project calls for logging 1,051 acres of trees, burning another 756 acres and building 19 miles of logging roads. Forest Service officials say the project would reduce potential wildfire fuel while improving habitat and water quality.
The logging would occur northeast of Yellowstone National Park in the Beartooth Mountains - home to another threatened species, the grizzly bear.
Canada lynx can be found in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.