2 lawsuits filed to stop Ninemile logging project over grizzly bears

Two environmental groups have filed separate lawsuits to stop the Soldier-Butler timber project in the Ninemile Valley after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided there was no long-term harm to grizzly bears.

On Monday, the Flathead-Lolo-Bitterroot Citizen Task Force sued the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Missoula federal court claiming the Soldier-Butler project adds too many roads that could affect migrating grizzly bears in the Ninemile drainage.