Grizzly ‘security zones’ approved on state lands west of Glacier Park

Cinca, May 5, 2015 by W. K. Walker
Cinca, May 5, 2015 by W. K. Walker

Grizzly bears are getting better guarantees of safe passage through state lands in the Whitefish Range . . .

The state Land Board on Monday approved a proposed lawsuit settlement between Montana and three conservation groups that would protect grizzly bears while still allowing logging in two state forests west of Glacier National Park.

The settlement would create restrictions designed to minimize disturbances to grizzly bears in seven “security zones” totaling 34 square miles within the Stillwater and Coal Creek state forests.

If a federal judge approves the settlement, six timber projects that have been on hold for a year will be allowed to go forward, said Sonya Germann, forest management bureau chief for the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Forest’s trust land management division.

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