A study by the University of Montana found timber lawsuits not only are expensive and lengthy, they have a big economic impact on communities.
The study was done by the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
They found the lawsuits caused lost jobs, lower wages and impact federal, state, and local taxes.
The group used the Spotted Bear River project as a case study.
They estimate the battle will cost more than 10 million dollars and a loss of 130 jobs for the state's forest-products industry as well as local communities.
It also links to other forest service projects because they have similar issues such as endangered species habitat.