Sierra Club and EPIC v. Hasty (Elkhorn Ridge Timber Sale)

Sierra Club and EPIC v. Hasty (Elkhorn Ridge Timber Sale)


In its first case in Federal Court, EPIC sought further environmental review by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) before BLM decided whether to allow the proposed Elkhorn Ridge timber sale within a roadless, old-growth forest adjacent to the South Fork Eel Wild and Scenic River. Following the court’s issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order, BLM suspended approval of this sale until it had conducted further environmental review. After five years of further review, the BLM decided not to allow harvest of the Elkhorn Ridge timber sale. This suit was brought by EPIC, the Wilderness Society, the Ancient Forest Defense Fund, Sierra Club, California Trout, Friends of the River, California Wilderness Coalition, Eric Swanson, Jo Anne Swanson, and Steven Day against Ed Hasty, California State Director, U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Procedure: Complaint filed 3/31/89 in federal District Court (C-89-1093 EFL). Temporary Restraining Order issued. BLM issued Record of Decision 5/27/94.

Status: final – Record of Decision to not allow logging.

Attorney: Stephan Volker (Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) EPIC.

Contact: Steven Day.