US Forest Plans Must Include Species Reports: Judge

Law360, New York (June 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to provide enough consideration for how management plans for four California forests would impact endangered species.

Judge Marilyn Hall Patel of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment Monday to the Center for Biological Diversity and four other environmental groups that had opposed two 2005 biological opinions underlying the forest plans.

The groups claimed that the agencies' opinions violated the Endangered...
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