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BILLINGS — A federal judge has blocked federal officials from proceeding with a commercial logging and prescribed burn plan on public lands near Ashland.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy ruled Monday that the U.S. Forest Service had not adequately considered the environmental consequences of the Beaver Creek Landscape Management Project.

Molloy says the agency must prepare a new environmental study before it can proceed.

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The Forest Service plan would allow logging on about 1,500 acres and prescribed burning on more than 8,000 acres of the Custer National Forest.

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Native Ecosystems Council and Alliance for the Wild Rockies sued the Forest Service last year to stop the project.

Alliance director Michael Garrity says the Beaver Creek proposal would add more roads, destroy habitat and pollute rivers and streams.

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