Description: Lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service's approvals of two logging projects in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.
Friends of the Clearwater v. Probert
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/28/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Cited Forest Service’s Failure to Contend with Recent Climate Change Studies in Approvals of Logging Projects. A lawsuit filed in the federal district court for the District of Idaho asserted that the U.S. Forest Service’s approvals of two “massive” logging projects in the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Forest Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Under NEPA, the plaintiff alleged that the Forest Service failed to address “mounting scientific evidence” that undermined the agency’s assumptions about logging, forest health, fire, and climate change. According to the complaint, a purpose of the projects was to improve resilience so as to better address climate change, but the plaintiff alleged it had submitted numerous studies that questioned the Forest Service’s rationale for the logging, especially logging in old growth, which the plaintiff alleged was particularly important for resilience. The plaintiff contended that an environmental impact statement should be required to address “[t]he highly controversial, unknown, and/or uncertain direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of approved logging and other activities on wildfire risk, forest health, and climate change.”