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WildEarth Guardians and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation sued the Bush administration, asking the federal court to protect…
The lawsuit arose when the Forest Service threw out three administrative appeals filed by WildEarth Guardians that challenged Forest Service decisions to continue livestock grazing on 150,000 acres in New Mexico’s National Forests, despite its impacts to water quality and wildlife habitat. The only reason stated for rejecting the appeals was that WildEarth Guardians commented on the projects in advance of the specified 30-day window.
“The Forest Service claims they want public involvement early in the planning process, but our rights were effectively trampled because we commented at the start of the planning process and not during the narrow window set by the agency,” said Billy Stern, Grazing Reform Coordinator for WildEarth Guardians. “This is part of a larger strategy by the Bush administration to systematically stymie public participation. By attacking the public participation process, they are attacking the democratic process.”