The Forest Service summaries are here: Litigation Weekly October 30 2020 Email
Friends of the Florida Trail, Inc. v. Thomas (D. N. Florida). The plaintiff claims the Forest Service violated NEPA and the National Scenic Trails Act when it approved the 90-mile Big Bend Reroute of the Florida National Scenic Trail using a categorical exclusion.
NOTICE OF INTENT
After the Southern Sierra Nevada DPS of the Pacific fisher was listed as endangered on May 15, 2020, the Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife completed a programmatic consultation on 40 proposed projects involving the logging and removal of trees and other vegetation across the Sierra, Sequoia, and Stanislaus National Forests. On September 3, Unite the Parks, Sequoia ForestKeeper, and the John Muir Project notified the agencies of their intent to sue for failure to adequately analyze the effects on the fisher.
(Update.) After the government filed a notice of appeal of the Alaska district court’s reversal of the Prince of Wales Landscape Level Analysis Project for the Tongass National Forest (discussed here), they changed their minds. They are now proceeding with a more traditional timber sale project involving 3,000 acres of old-growth forest.
(Update – EPIC v. Carlson.) The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied requests by the Forest Service and intervenors to rehear this case involving an unreasonable interpretation of the road repair and maintenance categorical exclusion for the Ranch Fire Roadside Hazard Tree Project on the Mendocino National Forest (discussed here). (When I worked with this forest supervisor earlier in her career she didn’t like my advice either.)