Federal judges are increasingly endorsing the methods and goals of the U.S. Forest Service’s collaborative forest management process, as evidenced by two recent U.S. District Court rulings.
Evergreen magazine’s Jim Petersen provided the analysis in a recent online article. Both cases in question involved the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, an advocacy group based in Helena, Montana, that has actively litigated Forest Service decisions for decades.
The decisions came on appeal from judges considering these cases:
- Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Jim Peña (U.S. Forest Service Region Six) and Rodney Solomon (Colville National Forest)
- and Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Mary Farnsworth (Idaho Panhandle National Forest), Leanne Marten (Forest Service Region One) and Thomas Tidwell (now former-chief, U.S. Forest Service).