How the sue and settle process really works

This 6-page opinion includes a discussion of how courts decide whether to approve a consent decree. The case also demonstrates the ability of intervenors to influence the outcome.  In this case environmental groups intervened in a lawsuit by motorized users over a travel plan decision.  Because of the intervenors, the court refused to approve the …

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Rim Fire Update

Apparently, enough of the hazard trees within the Rim Fire on the Stanislaus NF have been cut so that the travel ban has finally been lifted, after more than a year. I heard one report that says that the litigation has failed at the District Court level, losing their pleas to stop the logging three …

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4FRI DEIS Released!

Here’re the FS documents, below is a press release from 4FRI. The 4FRI Stakeholder Group is in the process of reviewing this draft decision. We have worked closely with the U.S. Forest Service in this planning effort, which began in 2012. It is the largest Environmental Impact Statement for forest restoration in the country,” stated …

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Is NEPA supposed to be democratic?

This article on the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan raises this question based on a rather extreme case of intimidating government documents.  But it comes up on much simpler NEPA efforts where the agency states that the NEPA process is not about the number of “votes” received on a project.  My legalistic response is that …

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Citizen forest planners using GIS

This seems like a strange source for hearing about evolution in forest planning policy, but here is what the Region 6 regional forester is telling the world.  It’s not something I remember serious discussion about when the 2012 Rule was developed, nor have I heard of it being done anywhere.  Has anyone participated in something …

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NEPA abuse in travel planning

The basic requirement of NEPA is to evaluate environmental impacts before taking action.  Thus, the Payette National Forest prepared an EIS before implementing a travel management plan.  Part of that decision included closing all user-created roads until their effects could be site-specifically evaluated. The Forest Service was sued for violating NEPA “because they fail to …

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Tongass Timber Sale Update: How an endemic species can halt a timber sale

Earlier in September, a press release from the Greater Southeast Alaska Conservation Community (GSACC) was shared with this blog. It opened with: On August 16, GSACC and four other organizations filed an administrative appeal of the Tongass Forest Supervisor’s decision to proceed with the Big Thorne timber project. The appeal went to to the next …

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NEPA Taskforce Report from 2005: Has Anything Changed?

Someone wrote and asked the question, has anything in NEPATaskForcenepareport_finaldraft122105-1 report changed? What do you think? It seems to me that the report somewhat downplays the importance of case law compared to the statute. Here’s how it looks to me. 1. There is the statute, simple and beautiful. 2. There are the CEQ regs, which …

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Senate Committee Hearing: Challenges and opportunities for improving forest management on federal lands

A reader sent me this link: here’s his review: Bill Imbergamo’s hit it out of the park with his oral and written testimony. I wanted to give him a hug. Norm Johnson was awesome about the variable retention and science, children’s books, etc Risch was spot-on also. If you haven’t watched, I highly recommend it. …

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