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Wild Watershed v. Hurlocker

ELR Citation: 50 ELR 20145
Nos. 19-2106, (10th Cir., 06/12/2020)

The Tenth Circuit upheld the Forest Service's approval of two forest-thinning projects in the Santa Fe National Forest. Environmental groups and individuals argued the Service violated NEPA by failing to adequately consider the projects' effects on inventoried roadless areas and their cumulative impacts on the environment, and violated the Healthy Forest Restoration Act's (HFRA's) requirement that the projects be consistent with the applicable land and resource management plan, maximize the retention of old growth, and consider the best available scientific evidence to maintain and restore wildlife habitats. The court found that the Service adequately considered the projects' cumulative impacts as well as their potential effects on sensitive species in the area and the development of old growth forest, and thus did not violate any applicable requirements under NEPA or the HFRA. It therefore affirmed dismissal of the suit.