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Enviros: USFS flouting roadless area restrictions

The U.S. Forest Service has increasingly put roads into inventoried roadless areas in Montana and Idaho, according to conservation groups who argue the practice threatens wildlife and rare habitat.

A review of Forest Service records by Idaho-based Friends of the Clearwater found the agency had logged about 18,000 acres of national roadless areas in Idaho and 32,000 acres in Montana in the past decade, despite federal laws designed to protect inventoried roadless forests from development.

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