Forests withdraw outdated maps after legal challenge

July 12, 2018

It’s official: Guardians’ and our allies’ legal challenge was successful in keeping unbridled winter motorized travel off of three Intermountain National Forests.

The Boise and Payette National Forests in Idaho and the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming published winter travel maps for snowmobiles and other “over-snow” motorized vehicles without required planning or public process. This disobeyed a 2015 Forest Service rule requiring national forests to manage over-snow vehicle use and spelled disaster for lynx, wolverine, and wilderness. In response to our lawsuit, the Forest Service withdrew its winter travel maps and committed to conduct winter travel planning on each of the three forests.

Though we’re excited to see the Forest Service reverse its ill-advised course, our fight is not over. We will continue to ensure the public’s voice in forest management and defend bedrock environmental laws.

Read the press release.

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