NFS Litigation Weekly April 6, 2018

NFS Litigation Weekly April 6, 2018

Litigation Weekly April 6

(New case.)  Plaintiffs challenged the Dinkey timber sale on the Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest because of erosion and water quality risks.  (E.D. Tenn.)  (This case was also discussed here.)

The court invalidated the regulation issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service governing management of the reintroduced  Mexican wolf because it did not sufficiently further the conservation of the species, and the court required a new determination of whether the population was “nonessential” under ESA.  The Mexican wolf is found primarily on national forest lands in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico, where there are persistent conflicts with livestock grazing.  (D. Ariz.)


Blogger’s bonus – new case

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies “says the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are ignoring their own science by not including roads behind earthen berms in total road mileage counts” in grizzly bear habitat on the Kootenai National Forest.  (It’s not clear what decision is being challenged.)


via A New Century of Forest Planning

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