2 timber projects in South Fork have been subject of scrutiny and litigation for over 4 years

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KALISPELL, Montana — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit conservation groups filed against the Flathead National Forest over logging projects in the South Fork Flathead River corridor.

U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sided with previous rulings in favor of the U.S. Forest Service and approved a pair of timber management projects in the Spotted Bear Ranger District.

Friends of the Wild Swan and Swan View Coalition filed suit in 2012 in opposition to the Forest Service's projects on either side of the South Fork Flathead River near the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.

The Flathead Beacon reports (http://bit.ly/1EBhHui ) that the two timber projects have been the subject of scrutiny and litigation for over four years.

Information from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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