Description: Lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project in the Boise National Forest, including for failure to consider climate change impacts on bull trout.
Wildlands Defense v. Brummett
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/15/2021 Complaint Download Amended complaint filed. On November 15, 2021, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint that added claims under the Endangered Species Act. 11/01/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Conservation Groups Challenged Project in Boise National Forest that Allegedly Would Affect Bull Trout Critical Habitat. On November 1, 2021, four conservation groups filed a NEPA lawsuit in federal court in Idaho challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s approval of the Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project in the Boise National Forest. The complaint alleged that the project may include up to 19,900 acres of commercial timber harvest, up to 83.1 miles of temporary roads, prescribed fire treatments on between 35,000 and 45,000 acres, and hazardous fuels reduction and non-commercial thinking on 11, 200 acres. The allegations included that the project area contains critical habitat for bull trout, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, and that the Forest Service failed to examine climate change impacts to bull trout critical habitat and bull trout populations.