Federal court ruling puts brakes on Forest Service logging project in Oregon


A federal judge has ruled that the Forest Service did not properly analyze the environmental impacts of a proposed 2,100-acre logging project on national forestland in western Oregon, drawing cheers from conservation groups that strongly opposed the project.

Federal judge puts McKenzie Bridge timber sale on hold


A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service cannot go forward with a controversial logging project near McKenzie Bridge until an environmental impact statement has been prepared.

People living near the 2,100-acre Goose Project had opposed strongly the logging plans. They said there had been insufficient notice about the project and that they didn’t find out about it until it was too late for them to weigh in.

Federal Court Halts McKenzie Bridge Timber Sale in Oregon (press release 3.17.13)

Sensitive Wildlife Habitat and Drinking Water Supply Protected. Court Requires Assessment of Significant Environmental Harm.

Federal District Court Judge Anne Aiken has found that the U.S. Forest Service broke the law in seeking to carry out the controversial Goose logging sale near McKenzie Bridge, Oregon, without a detailed analysis of potential environmental damage. This logging sale has drawn intense opposition from local residents and landowners concerned about harm to wildlife and nearby streams. Represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, the conservation organizations Oregon Wild and Cascadia Wildlands filed a legal challenge against the planned logging in 2012.

Sandy River Hatchery salmon releases challenged in lawsuit by wild fish advocates (Oregonian 10.30.12)


Two wild fish advocacy groups have gone back to federal court in Portland to stop releases of juvenile salmon and steelhead from the Sandy Hatchery.

Canada Lynx Edges Closer to Extinction While Feds Drag their Feet (press release 3.14.13)

Thirteen years after being listed as a threatened species, wildlife advocates take action to force a long-awaited recovery plan for Canada Lynx.

The Canada lynx was listed as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in March 2000, yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has yet to complete the required recovery plan to ensure the survival of the elusive cat. 

Protecting Oregon’s rivers

Bill would limit suction dredge mining on waterways

Nearly a quarter century has passed since Oregon last updated the State Scenic Waterways Program, which increases protection for the state’s most treasured rivers and limits destructive activities such as suction-dredge mining.

Wolves need protection (Register-Guard, 3.7.13)

DeFazio asks the feds to extend their protected status

Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., along with 50 other members of the House of Representatives, have asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ash to continue existing federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves.

Ash, whose agency reportedly is close to removing federal protections for the wolves, should heed this unusual bipartisan request.

Climate lawsuit appealed

Two Eugene students ask two appeals courts to force the state of Oregon to take action on climate change

Two young Eugene residents are appealing a local judge’s April dismissal of their lawsuit alleging that the state of Oregon is violating the public trust by failing to take adequate steps to prevent climate change.

Olivia Chernaik, 12; Kelsey Juliana, 16; and their mothers also have filed a motion asking the Oregon Court of Appeals to send the case directly to the Oregon Supreme Court.

Federal Agency Ordered to Reveal Identity of Corporations Seeking to Lease Public Lands for Oil & Gas Drilling (press release 2.14.13)

Court reverses BLM policy of keeping the nominators’ identity secret until after the lease sale

A federal court ruled yesterday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) policy and practice of keeping secret from the public the identity of entities nominating public lands for oil and gas development is unlawful. 

Restoring Forest Health: Collaboration and Responsibility

WELC staff attorney Susan Jane Brown is the co-author of Restoring Forest Health: Collaboration and Responsibility, which is the cover story of the Oregon State Bar/ Sustainable Future Section's newsletter The Long View (Winter 2012).

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