Iron Honey Project Ruling
Idaho Panhandle NFThe proposed watershed restoration project was to treat 1,408 acres across 14 watersheds including the removal of 17.5 million board feet of timber, reconstructing 29 miles of existing road, constructing .2 miles of new road and 2 miles of temporary road. ROD issued February 2002.
Highlights of the August 2004 U.S. Ninth Circuit Court Decision:
“The FS did not walk, much less test, the land in the activity area.”
“..., we hold that FS’s reliance on the spreadsheet models, unaccompanied by on-site spot verification on the model’s predictions, violate NFMA.”