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Forest Service Failed Spotted Owl In Timber Plan, Judge Says – Law360

Law360, New York (February 17, 2017, 9:03 PM EST) — A California federal judge on Thursday ruled the U.S. Forest Service didn’t take a hard enough look at the environmental effects a timber project in the state’s coastal mountain range would have on the northern spotted owl, saying the government arbitrarily and capriciously failed to consider more conservation-friendly options.

An analysis of alternatives is the heart of any impact environmental impact report, U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez said in his order looking at whether such a review was missing from the government’s fire management and…

Source: Forest Service Failed Spotted Owl In Timber Plan, Judge Says – Law360

And another US Forest Service fail!

Gov’t OK Of Sheep Grazing Endangers Rare Animals: Enviros

Law360, New York (February 17, 2017, 2:00 PM EST) — Conservation groups want the Ninth Circuit to stop domestic sheep herding in an area of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, arguing that the methodology the U.S. Forest Service used to allow it didn’t properly consider the harm the grazing would cause the viability of rare bighorn sheep.

The Gallatin Wildlife Association and the Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation argued on Wednesday, that a lower court’s refusal to issue a permanent injunction on domestic sheep grazing should be overturned because alleged violations of the National Environmental Policy Act…

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