Coastal Headwaters Association and EPIC v. CDF (Goshawk Grove II)

Coastal Headwaters Association and EPIC v. CDF (Goshawk Grove II)


EPIC again brought suit over CDF’s approval of a plan to log 58 acres of mature forest in the headwaters of the Mattole River watershed. EPIC’s suit alleged that the logging would cause significant and cumulative impacts, including further fragmentation of the remaining old-growth habitat and impairment of stream restoration, that alternatives and mitigations were not considered, and that the agency did not adequately respond to comments. In addition, EPIC sought a judicial declaration that CDF lacks authority to approve THPs because of its continued approval of such inadequate THPs. This suit was brought against CDF, Tom Osipowich, Richard Wilson, Eel River Sawmills, and Barnum Timber.

Procedure: THP # 1-92-187 MEN approved 9/15/93. Petition for Writ of Mandate filed 10/14/93 (Mendocino Ct. # 68285). Public Comment period reopened in 8/94; CDF re-approved the plan.

Status: final – Trial judge, King, ruled 5/8/95 in favor of the defendant. Agreement reached between Eel River Sawmills, Barnum Timber and Save-the-Redwoods League for land purchase. Land will be made part of Sinkyone Wilderness State Park in the Shadowbrook section in the Mattole River corridor.

Attorney: Sharon Duggan.

EPIC Contact: Laurel Sarachek.