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Earthjustice regularly fights road-building projects in wild areas. A new lawsuit filed Tuesday offers a good example of why.
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing new roads in Montana’s Flathead National Forest that would harm animals protected by the Endangered Species Act. The roads would open the way for logging, displace grizzly bears, and harm bull trout in key habitat. With legal representation from Earthjustice, the groups Friends of the Wild Swan and Swan View Coalition are challenging the Fish and Wildlife Service’s approval of road management rules that abandoned much-needed safeguards for these species.
The fight against roads in Flathead National Forest reflects a broader battle to protect species biodiversity. Earth is facing a loss of species so extensive that it threatens to collapse entire ecosystems, and fights to preserve wild spaces have much larger ramifications.
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The bigger fight to protect species
Earthjustice will continue to hold the U.S. government accountable to its duty to protect endangered species as part of our work to halt the mass extinction of species.