Bush National Forest Regs Shot Down For 3rd Time

Law360, New York (July 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a victory for nearly 20 environmental groups, a federal judge has rejected regulations promulgated by the Bush administration that would have gutted a provision requiring fish and wildlife habitat to be managed to maintain viable populations on 193 million acres of national forests.

Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled Tuesday that the U.S. Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act when it issued the regulations in 2008.

Other judges had...
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