HAMILTON, Mont. -

An off-rood vehicle group, a retired U.S. Forest Service planner and a former logger have filed appeals to a proposed timber sale in the Bitterroot National Forest.
    
The Ravalli Republic reports (http://bit.ly/13pQoyt ) in a story on Thursday that the Ravalli County Off Road User Association is opposed the closure of 10.6 miles of road.
    
Former logger Floyd Wood of Corvallis says the agency should only take dead or dying trees using equipment less damaging to the forest but that can mean more work to get the trees out.
    
And former Forest Service planner Dick Artley of Grangeville, Idaho, says the agency violated federal environmental laws by defining the purpose in such a way as to eliminate any plan that didn't include logging.
    
The Forest Service has 45 days to respond.