Personnel, politics and public access to public lands

  Yes, it looks like Forest Service employees should be concerned about how Trump might affect their careers.  Here’s an example about offending private landowners who block access to national forests.  (And, without any facts beyond earlier stories, I’ll suggest that you not think of these as long-term rural residents, but more likely some recent, …

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“Not Enough Analysis”: The Ongoing Saga of the Village at Wolf Creek

When I was working in Region 2, I used to call this project “Reasonable Access for Unreasonable People”- I think at that point it involved ANILCA access to private land, and not a land exchange. This is a later incarnation of the same project. For those who don’t remember the first incarnation, there was the …

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Enjoined timber sale “renegotiated”

The Johnson Bar Salvage Sale on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest has been approved by the Forest Service and the litigants.  (Johnson Bar has been previously discussed here in several posts.) Following the injunction, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor Cheryl Probert pulled the project and committed to a rewrite that was completed earlier this year. …

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FS Litigation Weeklies – June 2, May 28 and May 19, 2017

For now, I won’t be lifting parts of the weekly litigation report out because they come in pdfs and I have to run them through OCR which is a bit of a pain and costs money. I’m asking the FS to send Word documents, and that would help greatly. I will keep you all posted …

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9th Circuit takes out NFMA diversity requirement

In a 2-1 decision, which allowed the Big Thorne timber project to proceed on the Tongass National Forest, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court opinion that the Forest Service had complied with NFMA when it adopted forest plan direction related to managing old growth forest for deer to support viability of …

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Forest Service Litigation Weeklies April 28 and May 5, 2017

Complete listings are in pdfs attached below. April 28 1. Range & Wildlife I Region 5 Sierra Forest Legacy and Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center submitted a Notice of Intent to Sue (N01) for claimed violations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Stanislaus National Forest. The NOl claims that the authorization of livestock …

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Equal Access to Justice Act often aids those who frustrate forest restoration

“in most Western legal systems other than the United States, the prevailing norm is the English rule. The “English Rule for Attorney’s fees” is also known as “Loser Pays” which is contrasted to the “American Rule” where each party to the suit is responsible for it’s own fees. I’m not really interested in discussing the …

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Grazing Lawsuit on the Stanislaus National Forest

Julie Stevens of CSERC sent me this link and said that they would be willing to answer any questions about this lawsuit. Here’s the link: I’m working on trying to get the FS side of the story. Relevant to our discussion of the concept of multiple use, I thought this quote was interesting: The goal …

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