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Sierra Club v. Butz

Citation: 6 ELR 20128
No. No. C-74 2421 SAW, (N.D. Cal., 11/28/1975)

The court enjoins, as violative of NEPA, most of the United States Forest Service's (USFS) timber sales and logging activities in the Fox Planning Unit of the Six Rivers National Forest in California. A timetable is established for environmental impact statement (EIS) preparation leading up to final submission to the Council on Environmental Quality by May 1, 1976. In the interim, USFS must complete a re-evaluation of sediment yields from logging activities; prepare a draft EIS which will examine potential land slide and geological hazards; and re-evaluate and submit for plaintiffs review existing timber sales' impacts on geological formations. Additional timber sales are prohibited until 30 days after submission of the final EIS. Each sale must be analyzed in terms of total harvest volume, road location, silvicultural techniques, and effects on old growth timber and wildlife habitat.

Counsel for Plaintiff
John T. Weld
Charles D. Chalmers
Weld, Freeland & Chalmers
16 California St., Suite 203
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 986-7472

Francia M. Welker
Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Inc.
311 California St., Suite 311
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 398-1411

Counsel for Defendant
David E. Golay, Asst. U.S. Attorney
450 Golden Gate Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 556-1126