No. 72-1998.

485 F.2d 408 (1973)

NATIONAL FOREST PRESERVATION GROUP, a Montana nonprofit corporation and Lester C. Baldwin, Appellants, v. Earl L. BUTZ, Individually and as Secretary of Agriculture, et al., Appellees, and Big Sky of Montana, Inc., and Burlington Northern, Inc., Intervening Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

September 10, 1973.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James H. Goetz (argued), Bozeman, Mont., for appellants.

Eva R. Datz (argued), Kent Frizzell, Asst. Atty. Gen., Land & Natural Resources Div., Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., Otis Packwood, U. S. Atty., Billings, Mont., R. E. Murray, Asst. U. S. Atty., Butte, Mont., Gerald Fish, Jacques B. Gelin, Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., for appellees.

Richard V. Wicka, Asst. Gen. Counsel (argued), Burlington Northern Railroad, St. Paul, Minn., Cale Crowley (argued), Crowley, Kilbourne, Haughey, Hanson & Gallagher, Billings, Mont., Kendrick Smith, Corette, Smith & Dean, Butte, Mont., for intervening defendants-appellees.

Before DUNIWAY and GOODWIN, Circuit Judges, and WOLLENBERG, District Judge.

ALFRED T. GOODWIN, Circuit Judge:

National Forest Preservation Group (NFPG) challenges on procedural and substantive grounds the decision of the Forest Service to exchange certain government land for lands of the intervenor, Burlington Northern.

The lands are in southwest Montana. The United States agreed, in three separate transactions, to exchange lands within the Gallatin National Forest for lands within and adjacent to the Forest and within Yellowstone...


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