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Oregon Wild v. Bureau of Land Management

ELR Citation: 45 ELR 20055
Nos. 6:14-CV-0110-AA, (D. Or., 03/14/2015) (Aiken, J.)

A district court held that BLM violated NEPA and the APA when it authorized a logging project in an area of Douglas County, Oregon, that provides habitat for the northern spotted owl. In its EA for the project, which would effectively remove 160 acres of mature forest, BLM failed to consider a reasonable range of alternatives. In addition, BLM issued a FONSI rather than preparing an EIS despite the project's highly controversial and highly uncertain effects, its precedential effect on future projects, its adverse effects on spotted owls, and potential violations of FLPMA and the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP). BLM also failed to take a hard look at the project's direct and indirect environmental impacts. And BLM failed to comply with NWFP requirements for the survey and management of red tree vole sites in the project area. BLM's approval of the project was therefore set aside.