9th Circ. Keeps Sierra Nevada Logging Plan Suit Alive

Law360, New York (May 31, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT) -- A divided Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that environmental groups and the state of California can keep pursuing claims that the U.S. Forest Service violated federal environmental law when adopting a framework for logging in California's Sierra Nevada region in 2004.

The appeals court affirmed that a coalition of environmental groups — including Sierra Forest Legacy, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council — have standing to assert a claim that the agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act, but it ruled that...
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