Posted: Dec 21, 2012 11:35 AM by Katy Harris KXLF News
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 11:57 AM
Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the Forest Service from burning Sage Grouse habitat.
The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Native Ecosystems Council filed the lawsuit in Federal District Court on Dec. 18. The group says it is illegal for the Forest Service to burn sagebrush, aspen, and juniper in the Trapper Creek watershed, located 10 miles southeast of the Wise River. This is an area that Sage Grouse allegedly rely on for their habitat.
The group also states the Sage Grouse is about to be listed under the Endangered Species Act due to loss of habitat.
Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Leona Rodreick says, "We feel it's an important project. We're disappointed the groups feel the way they do about the project. We will see how it turns out in litigation."