LEWISTON, Idaho -- A federal lawsuit filed by two Idaho counties is challenging the legality of a national forest travel plan that closed off about 200 miles of trails to motorized vehicles.
The lawsuit was filed Monday by Idaho and Clearwater counties against the Clearwater National Forest.
The counties contend the forest failed to adequately coordinate with local leaders and didn't consider the economic impact it could have on local communities.
The Lewiston Tribune reports the counties opted for legal action after their administrative appeal was rejected.
Forest officials say the travel plan was developed with public input and consistent with policy. The agency declined to comment specifically on the pending lawsuit.
The plan approved in 2012 sets new rules for use of trails and access to across the forest.