September 01, 2015

Planning Rule Challenged: No Timber Group Standing

Erin Flannery Keith

On April 28, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that a group of timber and ranching interests lacked standing to challenge the U.S. Forest Service’s (Forest Service) 2012 Planning Rule because they did not allege that the rule, a framework meant to guide future forest and rangeland management decisions, caused an imminent, cognizable, redressable injury. See Federal Forest Resource Coalition v. Vilsack, No. 12-1333 (D.D.C. Apr. 28, 2015). After nearly forty years of uncertainty due to courts invalidating planning rules and the Forest Service relying on a rule based on 1982 science and policy, this case upholds a rule that can modernize forest management.

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