Forest Service Correctly Closed Trails To Vehicles: Judge

Law360, New York (September 21, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT) -- A North Carolina federal judge on Tuesday backed the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to close the Upper Tellico Off-Highway Vehicle System in the Nantahala National Forest due to erosion and environmental damage, saying the agency properly followed administrative procedure.

In granting summary judgment to the Forest Service, U.S. District Court Judge Martin Reidinger rejected arguments by the three national off-road vehicle associations that brought suit in 2010 alleging the Forest Service did not do the proper environmental assessments before it started the public comment process leading...
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