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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...

United States v. Armstrong

The court affirms the criminal convictions of two tour boat operators for violating the National Park Service (NPS) regulation that prohibits the solicitation of business without a permit in Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park (VNP)....

Kleissler v. U.S. Forest Serv.

The court holds that an individual failed to exhaust his administrative remedies before suing the U.S. Forest Service for violating the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Forest Management Act (NFMA) in connection...

South Trenton Residents Against 29 v. Federal Highway Admin.

The court holds that the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA's) and a state transportation agency's decision not to complete a supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS) for a highway project in New Jersey was reasonable....

Diamond Bar Cattle Co. v. United States

The court holds that two cattle company owners do not have a vested private-property right to graze their cattle in the Apache and Gila National Forests without a U.S. Forest Service permit. The owners argued that because their...

Sierra Club v. Martin

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service arbitrarily and capriciously approved seven timber sales in the Chattahoochee and Oconee National Forests in Georgia. The court first holds that the Forest Service's failure to gather...