The Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that environmental groups properly
challenged the U.S. Forest Service's decision to let gold miners use
suction dredging in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Once separate forests, the Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests were administratively combined in 2004.
The forest stretches across almost 1.8 million acres of southwestern Oregon
and parts of northern California, from the Cascade Mountains almost to
the Pacific Ocean.