Description: Action to compel preparation of a site-specific supplemental environmental impact statement for a timber sale in the Tongass National Forest based on, among other things, new information about the role of climate change in yellow cedar decline.
Tongass Conservation Society v. Cole
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 12/07/2009 Opinion and Order Download Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment granted in part. The federal district court for the District of Alaska found that the U.S. Forest Service had not acted arbitrarily and capriciously in determining that new information about the role of climate change in yellow cedar decline did not warrant preparation of a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for a timber sale in the Tongass National Forest. The said it was "satisfied that defendants conducted a reasoned evaluation of the relevant information concerning climate change and yellow cedar decline and determined that it was not of such significance that preparation of a site-specific SEIS was required." The court found that an SEIS was warranted for other reasons and enjoined the defendants from taking further action to implement the timber sale until the SEIS was completed and a decision had been made on whether to proceed. 04/30/2009 Opinion and Order Download Motion for a preliminary injunction denied. 03/02/2009 Complaint Download Complaint filed.