POCATELLO (CN) – The U.S. Forest Service illegally approved off-road vehicle use on 1,196 miles of roads and trails in the Sawtooth National Forest, The Wilderness Society claims in Federal Court. It claims the Forest Service violated a slew of federal laws, illegally excluded the public from the decision-making process, and “failed to address the extensive legacy of environmental damage” from off-road motor vehicles.
The Wilderness Society and Prairie Falcon Audubon say the Forest Service’s May 28 decision, affirming a Feb. 22 decision, violate the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Forest Management Act, and their implementing regulations. Plaintiffs seek an injunction. Their lead counsel is Scott Reed of Coeur d’Alene.