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Logging opponents push to block Montana timber sale

February 20, 2019

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for a group of logging opponents have pushed for an injunction against a timber sale southeast of Bozeman, arguing the state set unfair terms for the auction.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports attorneys for Save Our Gallatin Front urged a Gallatin County judge on Tuesday to block the Limestone West Timber Sale, a 443-acre (179-hectare) project the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation proposed for school trust lands.

The group filed a lawsuit last month after the Montana Land Board decided to move forward with the project, leaving open the option for opponents to bid on a 25-year deferral of logging.

The group argues the conservation license buyers should pay the state only for lost interest income.

The agencies argue state law calls for a bidding war.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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