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Forest Guardians v. U.S. Forest Serv.

ELR Citation: 37 ELR 20184
Nos. No. 07-1020, (10th Cir., 07/20/2007)

The Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court decision that the U.S. Forest Service complied with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) in conjunction with its approval of a logging project within the Rio Grande National Forest. The Forest Service complied with the management indicator species-monitoring directives set forth in the Rio Grande National Forest's forest plan. The Forest Service also satisfied the requirements of NEPA by considering the impacts of logging trucks on neighboring landowners. And the environmental groups that filed suit against the Forest Service forfeited their claim that the Service did not provide substantial evidence for concluding that a relevant soil standard would be met because they failed to adequately present this claim in their administrative appeal.