Logging Unit #54 along the Bunker Creek Road.
“Two local conservation groups have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service objecting to a logging project proposed in the South Fork Flathead River corridor, the second time in two months the groups have filed litigation against a South Fork logging proposal.
Friends of the Wild Swan and Swan View Coalition, represented by Helenaâ€™s Western Environmental Law Center, filed a lawsuit on April 16 in U.S. District Court in Missoula in opposition to the Forest Serviceâ€™s Soldier Addition II Project on the west side of the South Fork near the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
In late February, the two groups sued the Forest Service over the Spotted Bear River Project, a logging proposal on the opposite side of the South Fork Flathead River. Both projects are located in the Spotted Bear Ranger District of the Flathead National Forest.”
The two logging projects are in areas connecting the Great Bear and Bob Marshall Wilderness areas to each other and to the Swan Range west of the South Fork Flathead River, corridor areas critical to wildlife that can’t swim across the 23,000 acre Hungry Horse Reservoir!
We supported past timber sales that removed trees closer to Spotted Bear buildings and closed roads to protect wildlife, but these huge sales will reopen roads and log critical habitat far from human habitations!
“With 23,000 acres of habitat flooded by Hungry Horse Reservoir, the Spotted Bear and Bunker Creek areas are critical habitat connectors between the Great Bear Wilderness, Bob Marshall Wilderness, and northern Swan Range,” said Swan View Coalition Chair Keith Hammer. “Elk and other wildlife can’t afford to have their critical habitat damaged by more roads and logging.”
Logging road landslide into Sullivan Creek bull trout habitat!
Keith Hammer photo.