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Judge hears arguments over SW Montana forest plan

Snowmobile groups, ranchers and mining organizations argued in federal court on Friday against the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to restrict off-road vehicular access to parts of southwestern Montana’s Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service had barred motorized and mechanized activity in the National Forest’s newly designated recommended wilderness areas after conducting an environmental analysis that found that such activity could compromise the wilderness value in those areas.