Administrative Law Keyed to Lawson
Ohio Forestry Association, Inc. v. Sierra Club
The Plan set logging goals, selected areas of the forest which were suitable for timber production, determined which methods of timber harvest were appropriate, but did not itself authorize the cutting of any trees. Before the Forest Service could permit logging, it would have to go through additional steps, including a notice and comment procedure and an environmental analysis. The Sierra Club objected when the Forest Service first proposed its plan, and pursued various administrative remedies to have the Plan modified, prior to bringing this action in federal court. The District Court reviewed the Plan, found the Forest Service had acted lawfully and granted it summary judgment. The Court of Appeals held that the dispute was justiciable.
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