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Organized Village of Kake v. United States Department of Agriculture

The Ninth Circuit reinstated application of the roadless rule to the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, holding that USDA violated the APA when it exempted the Forest from the rule. When USDA issued the roadless rule in 2001, it refused...

WildEarth Guardians v. Montana Snowmobile Ass'n

The Ninth Circuit held that the U.S. Forest Service violated NEPA and other environmental safeguards when it designated over 2 million acres of public land within the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest for use by snowmobiles and other...

Federal Forest Resource Coalition v. Vilsack

A district court held that trade associations and nonprofit corporations representing members of the timber industry lack standing to challenge the Forest Service's 2012 planning rule governing development of individual land and...

Big Thorne Project

A district court upheld the U.S. Forest Service's approval of the Big Thorne Project in the Tongass National Forest, thereby allowing the logging of approximately 6,186 acres of old growth forest and construction of 46.1 miles of new...

Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Brazell

The Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court decision affirming the U.S. Forest Service's decision to implement the Little Slate Project, a 2,598-acre timber thinning sale...

Vermonters for a Clean Environment v. Madrid

A district court dismissed an environmental group's NEPA and Wilderness Act lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a proposed utility-scale wind farm project in the Green Mountain National Forest in southern Vermont....

Alaska v. United States Department of Agriculture

The D.C. Circuit held that Alaska's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service's roadless rule is not time barred. The Forest Service issued the roadless rule in 2001. In 2005, the Forest Service repealed it, but the rule was...

Swan View Coalition v. Weber

A district court granted in part and denied in part motions for summary judgment in a case involving logging projects in the Flathead National Forest. In the case, environmental groups challenged the Forest Service's and FWS'...

Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Brazell

A district court denied environmental groups' motion for an injunction and stay of an earlier decision that allows logging operations in the Nez Perce National Forest to...

League of Wilderness Defenders/Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project v. Connaughton

The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court decision denying environmental groups’ motion to preliminarily enjoin a logging project in the Whitman-Wallowa National Forest in northeast Oregon. The lower court...