Friends of the Clearwater fight logging project in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest

MOSCOW, ID - Members of the Moscow-based environmental group, Friends of The Clearwater, continue to work with attorneys with the goal of permanently halting the Little Slate Project.

Friends of The Clearwater began fighting the logging sales project back in November. It's supposed to yield 40-million board feet of timber and restore fish habitat. Since then, the case has been buoyed between the District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Friends of The Clearwater claim the project violates the endangered species act, among other things, by putting the habitat of endangered species at risk.

"Our chief concerns revolved around the Canadian Lynx and another imperiled species, the Bull Trout," said Education and Outreach Director, Brett Haverstick. "Both of those species are listed under the Endangered Species Act and we felt that the Forest Service, their data, their own documentation, didn't prove to us that this project would not harm those species."

Last week, an emergency restraining order was granted to temporarily halt the logging near Florence in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest, but the timber sale may restart again later this week unless another emergency injunction is upheld.