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Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center v. Grantham

A district court granted environmental groups' motion to preliminarily enjoin the U.S. Forest Service from harvesting damaged trees in the Klamath National Forest following a 2017 fire. The groups argued that the harvesting project...

National Forest Management: The Contested Use of Collaboration and Litigation

Litigation over national forest management has received substantial attention from members of Congress who claim that “environmental obstructionists” are abusing the legal system; conversely, litigants criticize the U.S. Forest Service’...

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...

Oregon Wild v. Bureau of Land Management

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...

The Important Role of Standards in National Forest Planning, Law, and Management

A focal point in conflict over U.S. national forest management is the writing of regulations and forest plans pursuant to the National Forest Management Act. One of the most contested questions in forest planning is what role...

Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Brazell

A district court held that the U.S. Forest Service did not act arbitrarily or capriciously when it approved a project intended to improve conditions in the Little Slate Creek watershed in the Nez Perce National Forest. The project would...

Swanson Group Mfg. LLC v. Salazar

A district court held unlawful BLM's methodology for assessing the impact of federal actions on the northern spotted owl as well as its failure to offer for sale a declared amount of timber from two western Oregon districts. Under the...

Building Carbon Rights Infrastructure With REDD+ Incentives: A Multi-Scale Analysis in the Peruvian Amazon

Payments to avoid deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries have emerged as a key international strategy. Countries that have the greatest potential to host these market-based mechanisms are often characterized by...

Cascadia Wildlands v. Kitzhaber

A district court granted an environmental group's motion to preliminarily enjoin the logging of 11 timber sales and to halt any further logging activities in known occupied marbled murrelet sites in Oregon's Tillamook, Clatsop, and...

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