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Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch v. California Dep't of Forestry & Fire Protection

ELR Citation: 38 ELR 20121
Nos. No. S143689, (Cal., 05/22/2008) rev'd

The Supreme Court of California reversed a lower court decision in favor of conservation groups challenging the state forestry department's approval of three timber harvest plans that allow logging on private land in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The department's selection of geographic areas for assessing the cumulative impacts of logging on the California spotted owl and the Pacific fisher complied with the California Forest Practice Act. The department also complied with state law in analyzing the possible use of herbicides after logging. Contrary to the arguments of the conservation groups, the department did not erroneously rely on the Department of Pesticide Regulation's regulatory program or fail to conduct its own environmental impact assessment.

[A prior decision in this litigation can be found at 36 ELR 20073.]