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Izaak Walton League of Am. v. Kimball

ELR Citation: 39 ELR 20052
Nos. Nos. 07-3689 et al., (8th Cir., 03/06/2009)

The Eighth Circuit held time barred environmental groups' claims that the U.S. Forest Service violated the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act by allowing snowmobiling on and failing to set motorboat quotas for two lakes in northeastern Minnesota. Environmental groups alleged that the Act's motorboat quota requirement and its prohibition on snowmobiling applied to the lakes because Congress included the lakes in the Act's wilderness area. But the groups' claims that the lakes are part of the wilderness area accrued no later than April 4, 1980, when the Forest Service published the legal description and maps for the wilderness area in the Federal Register. Accordingly, the claims are barred by the six-year statute of limitations. The court also held that it lacked appellate jurisdiction over the lower court's remand order requiring the Forest Service to prepare an environmental impact statement for a proposed snowmobile trail.