|Posted by nationalforestlawblog on October 25, 2010 at 11:35 PM|
The Center For Biological Diversity has filed yet another lawsuit against the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that the environmental group has filed suit to stop the new Travel Management Plan. According to the environmentalists the plan will designats 220 miles of new motorized routes for SUVs, all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles and could harm habitat for the federally protected Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and Lahontan cutthroat trout, as well as land used by pine marten and other species.
Also impacted is sage-grouse nesting habitat along 11 miles of routes while another 79 miles are adjacent to streams. The issue will come down to whether one particular federal judge thinks the Forest Service produced enough paper to justify its conclusions. Who knows what will happen. It would certainly help if conservation, hunters or recreational user groups would intervene to argue on the Forest Service's behalf.