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Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch v. Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

ELR Citation: 34 ELR 20135
Nos. Nos. C043687, C043825, (Cal. App. 3d Dist., 11/09/2004)

A California appellate court upheld the dismissal of an environmental group's suit challenging the state forest department's approval of six timber harvest plans. The department proceeded in the manner required by law in determining the geographic assessment area, and substantial evidence supports the department's findings regarding cumulative impacts. The department adequately considered all the information before it prior to approving the plans, responded to public comment, and addressed concerns regarding cumulative impacts. In addition, it properly assessed the potential impacts of herbicide use, and substantial evidence supports the department's finding of no significant adverse environmental impacts from the use of pesticides.