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JACKSON - The U.S. Forest Service has upheld a Jackson man's challenge to a proposed gold mine in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. However, the project may still go forward.

David Sturlin, of Garrison, Utah, proposes to mine for gold in the Gros Ventre area.

Jackson District Ranger Dale Deiter proposed to consider Sturlin's proposed mine as a "categorical exclusion" under federal environmental law. That would give the project the least stringent level of environmental analysis.

Gregory Griffith of Jackson appealed, saying he questions the project's effects on habitat and wildlife.

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Deiter said he intends to reissue his decision in coming months and will include more evidence that he considered the project's environmental effects.

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