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Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Forest Service

ELR Citation: 51 ELR 20101
Nos. 2:20-cv-00128-BLW, (D. Idaho, 06/04/2021) (Winmill, J.)

A district court denied environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to the Forest Service's approval of a road reopening project in grizzly bear habitat in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. The groups argued the Service's approval of the project violated NEPA and the National Forest Management Act. The court found that the approval was consistent with the forest plan, and that the agency took the requisite "hard look" at the project's effects on grizzly bear movement and genetic diversity and the extent to which it would impact bear recovery under the ESA. It therefore denied summary judgment.