Forest Service summary: Litigation Weekly sept 14
(New case.) Cove Fire Salvage Project on the Modoc National Forest.
BLOGGER’S BONUS: Since this one was so short (and since Sharon might not be forwarding anything to me for awhile), here’s some other recent courtroom news involving national forests.
“Four environmental groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service to stop a major logging project on the east shoulder of the Mount Hood National Forest near the White River in north-central Oregon… It is the largest timber sale in the Mount Hood National Forest in more than a decade, and would roughly double the annual forest-wide timber harvest.”
“U.S. District Judge Robert E. Blackburn dismissed the case last week following a settlement reached earlier this summer between the Bureau of Land Management and energy company SG Interests. The BLM agreed to pay the company $1.5 million for 18 oil and gas leases it cancelled in 2016 at the request of a coalition of governments, environmentalists, ranchers and others.” I guess this closes the “gap,” discussed here.
“Nearly a dozen residents and businesses have filed a lawsuit against the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, accusing it of starting the 416 Fire earlier this summer (on the San Juan National Forest). The lawsuit was filed before the Forest Service has completed its own official investigation into the fire’s cause.”
“For over two decades, Oregon has regulated thermal pollution in rivers and streams using illegal standards. But at a hearing Tuesday, the federal and state governments said it will take another 12 years to come up with revised standards to protect threatened and endangered fish.”