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Texas v. U.S. Forest Serv.

Citation: 17 ELR 20701
No. No. H-86-4224, 654 F. Supp. 296/(S.D. Tex., 01/22/1987) Ruling on merits of NEPA claim

The court holds that the Forest Service is not required to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for its reforestation plans in the Sam Houston National Forest. The court rules that the National Environmental Policy Act does not require the Forest Service to issue an EIS for each site within the forest to which it intends to apply some aspect of its overall forest management program, unless an intermediate end or policy that was not part of the original review process would be served. The court holds that environmental assessments for the Four Notch area reforestation were reasonable and based upon cogent evidence. The court also holds that the site preparation and artificial regeneration in the Four Notch area will not have significant adverse environmental consequences.

[Prior decisions in this case appear at 17 ELR 20402 and 20698. Related cases appear at 7 ELR 20720, 8 ELR 20445, and 16 ELR 20049].

Counsel are listed at 17 ELR 20698.