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Kettle Range Conservation Group v. U.S. Forest Serv.

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service's consideration of a fire's effects on a proposed timber sale in the Colville National Forest in Washington was not arbitrary and capricious. After a fire burned 10,000 acres, including 133...

United States v. Beggerly

The Court holds that the Fifth Circuit lacked jurisdiction over a suit to set aside a 1982 settlement agreement that quieted title to lands on Horn Island, Mississippi, in U.S. favor. After concluding that the Quiet Title Act conferred...

Ohio Forestry Ass'n v. Sierra Club

The Court holds that an environmental group's challenge to a U.S. Forest Service land and resource management plan (LRMP) for Wayne National Forest in Ohio is not yet ripe for review. The environmental group brought suit alleging that...

Newton County Wildlife Ass'n v. Rogers

The court upholds the U.S. Forest Service's approval of four timber sales in the Ozark National Forest. A coalition of environmental groups sued the Forest Service to enjoin or set aside the timber sales. The court first holds that the...

Glisson v. U.S. Forest Serv.

The court upholds the U.S. Forest Service's interpretation of the term "native" and its environmental assessment (EA) for an ecological project in Shawnee National Forest in Illinois. The appellants argued that the ecological project...

Scott Timber Co. v. United States

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service possessed limited contractual authority to suspend performance of 11 timber sale contracts in the Siskiyou and Siuslaw National Forests in Oregon due to the Endangered Species Act (ESA)...

Lake Mohave Boat Owners Ass'n v. National Park Serv.

The court upholds the Secretary of the Interior's approval of increased dock fees charged by a private marina operator at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The court first holds that, in approving the operator's rate increase...

Neighbors of Cuddy Mountain v. U.S. Forest Serv.

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service failed to comply with National Forest Management Act (NFMA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements in determining whether to allow a timber sale in the Payette National...

Sierra Club v. Martin

The court upholds the U.S. Forest Service's approval of seven timber cutting projects in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia against local and national environmental interest groups' challenges under the Migratory Bird Treaty...

Calhoun County v. United States

The court holds that a county's action to quiet title to real property used by the United States as a wildlife management area on Matagorda Island in Texas is time barred. The federal government condemned a portion of Matagorda Island...