Environmental Law & Policy Center’s Latest Victory

Great news! On Monday afternoon, Federal District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled in ELPC's favor, halting the 5,600-acre Cayuga timber sale near Clam Lake in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. In the decision, Judge Adelman stated that the U.S. Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to consider the cumulative impacts of five other current timber sales when it approved the Cayuga timber sale.

This is ELPC's third consecutive victory challenging timber sales in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. In each of these cases, the Court halted the timber sale until the Forest Service demonstrates its legal compliance, collectively preventing logging on more than 22,000 acres of the National Forest.

ELPC filed the lawsuits in 2003 challenging three of the six timber sales approved by the Forest Service on behalf of our client, the Habitat Education Center (HEC). The 8,800-acre McCaslin timber sale near Lakeland and 7,740-acre Northwest Howell timber sale east of Eagle River appeals were decided on March 31st and April 1st, respectively, before the Court. We settled a fourth case with the Forest Service challenging the Sunken Moose sale and declined to appeal two other sales (the Hoffman Sailor and the Gilman Salvage).

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