Harming homes: Stakeholders say forestry projects may ruin grizzly habitat

Thom Bridge

Across the West, federal and state land management agencies are strategically logging, thinning and burning forests with the goal of making them more resilient to uncontrolled wildfire, as well as diseases. But conservationists and wildlife advocates worry the work will harm grizzly bears and other federally-protected species that call those habitats home.

In Western Montana, three projects from different agencies have drawn criticism and lawsuits from stakeholders that say the work will damage grizzly bear habitat. 

With me today is Joshua Murdock, the outdoors and natural resources reporter at the Missoulian, to talk about the projects and people’s concerns.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks recently relocated a pair of grizzly bear cubs. (video courtesy of Montana FWP)

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Thom Bridge can be reached at thom.bridge@helenair.com

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