NFS Litigation Weekly May 4, 2018

Litigation Weekly May 4

In a 2-page opinion, the circuit court upheld the decision by the Plumas National Forest to designate only 234 of 1107 miles of user-created routes as open for motorized travel, including the process of cooperating and coordinating with the local counties who wanted more.  (9th Cir.)

(New case.)  Plaintiffs claim that closure of a road to a site where a protesters are obstructing tree clearing for a pipeline across Washington and Jefferson National Forest lands is a violation of their First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly.  (W.D. Va.)

(New cases.)  Both cases claim violations of the 2015 Sage-Grouse Amendments to BLM land management plans in Montana and Idaho in relation to specific oil and gas lease sales and other policy changes.  (D. Mont, and D. Idaho)

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