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Saving the Headwaters Forest: A Jewel That Nearly Slipped Away

On March 1, 1999, at 11:56 p.m. Pacific Coast time, the people of the United States took title to the Headwaters Forest, the largest remaining stand of privately owned, old growth redwoods in the world. Uncertain until the end, the...

The National Trails System: A Model Partnership Approach to Natural Resources Management

Our magnificent 40,000-mile National Trails System was established by Congress under the National Trails System Act (NTSA) of 19681 through the combined efforts of President Lyndon Johnson, Secretary of the...

United States v. Linick

The court reverses a district court decision that held unconstitutional a regulation that allowed the U.S. Forest Service to attach any terms and conditions protective of the public interest to a special use permit for National Forest...

Buse Timber & Sales, Inc. v. United States

The court holds that a timber company cannot bring a takings claim against the United States for canceling a timber sales contract in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State, but that the company can bring a...

Federal Lands Legal Consortium v. United States

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service's modification of the terms and conditions of grazing permits for the Gila and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests did not deprive permit holders of procedural due process under the Fifth...

Friends of the Kalmiopsis v. U.S. Forest Serv.

The court affirms a district court dismissal of an environmental group's claim that the U.S. Forest Service violated regulations governing off-road vehicle (ORV) use in the Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon. The court first holds that...

Reservation Ranch v. United States

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service did not breach a timber sale contract when, pursuant to two contract provisions, it canceled the contract to avoid jeopardizing the continued existence of the endangered northern spotted owl...

Wilderness Soc'y v. Thomas

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service did not violate the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) when it adopted a forest plan for the Prescott National Forest in Arizona that identified certain forest land as suitable for grazing...

Idaho Watersheds Project v. Hahn

The court reverses a district court's denial of environmental groups' motion for a preliminary injunction to limit grazing in certain allotments of the Owyhee Resource Area in Idaho. The district court held that the groups failed to...

Colorado Envtl. Coalition v. Dombeck

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service complied with the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it issued a permit to a Colorado ski resort for the expansion of a ski area...