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Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project v. Pence

The court upholds a U.S. Forest Service decision to allow a timber sale in the Malheur National Forest in Oregon. The Forest Service's decision allows the harvest of approximately 10.7-million-board feet of timber from approximately 3,...

South Dakota Mining Ass'n v. Lawrence County

The court holds that the Federal Mining Act of 1872 preempts a local zoning ordinance that bans surface metal mining within the Spearfish Canyon area of South Dakota. The court first holds that miners' preemption claim against the...

Grand Canyon Air Tour Coalition v. Federal Aviation Admin.

The court upholds a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule that was promulgated pursuant to the Overflights Act and designed to reduce aircraft noise from sight-seeing tours in the Grand Canyon National Park. The Act required the...

Friends of Southeast's Future v. Morrison

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service's approval of a proposed timber sale in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska violated the National Forest Management Act (NFMA), but did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act (...

Public Lands Council v. Babbitt

The court reverses in part and affirms in part a district court decision invalidating four 1995 U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) regulations that govern livestock grazing on Bureau of Land Management-managed public lands. The court...

Rhodes v. Johnson

The court holds that the presence of extraordinary circumstances requires the U.S. Forest Service to conduct an environmental assessment (EA) before burning and removing shrubs from portions of the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois...

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...