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State Owned Forests v. Sutherland

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This lawsuit challenged the adequacy of the environmental impact statement of the Department of Natural Resources’ three-year extension of its 1992 “Forest Resource Plan.”

COURT INFORMATION:  Washington State Supreme Court No. 76431-0; Washington State Court of Appeals No. 52250-7-I; King County Superior Court No. 02-2-20534-8SEA

CLIENT: Washington Environmental Council and Kettle Range Conservation Group

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STATUS: The Court of Appeals issued a decision reported at State Owned Forests v. Sutherland, 124 Wash.App. 400,101 P.3d 880 (2004).  The Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs’ Petition for Review in July 2005, terminating this case.

CASE BACKGROUND:  On behalf of the Washington Environmental Council and Kettle Range Conservation Group, WFLC filed a lawsuit challenging the adequacy of environmental review of the DNR’s three-year extension of its 1992 Forest Resource Plan.  The complaint sets out in detail the twenty year history of DNR’s failure to analyze the cumulative effects of state logging on public resources (fish, wildlife, water quality and quantity).  Unfortunately, DNR argued and the Court of Appeals agreed that the Forest Resource Plan is not subject to appeal under the Administrative Procedure Act, and dismissed the case.  The merits were never argued in court.