Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
College of Forestry and Conservation
James Burchfield, Len Broberg
appeals, forest service, litigation, lolo national forest, timber sales
University of Montana
A review of litigation and appeals over timber sales on the Lolo National Forest for the years 1999 thru 2008 revealed that of the 157 timber sales that could have been appealed or litigated, 27%, representing 55% of the timber volume in all the reviewed sales, had some form of appeal or litigation.. The categories of timber sales with the highest percentage of appeals and/or litigation in relation to their representation within the population as a whole were those that were performed to improve forest health or to meet stewardship goals. The silvicultural prescription that had the highest percentage of appeals and/or litigation in relation to their representation within the population as a whole were thin from above prescriptions while the least frequent was a clear cut. This study intends to serve as a source of information about appeals and litigation on the Lolo National Forest over timber sales by discussing reasons why environmental groups litigate and appeal timber sales. Additionally, this study hopes to give individuals, the Forest Service, private interest groups, or citizen groups involved with attempting to decrease the number of timber sales appealed or litigated as well as the volume of wood appealed or litigated, a point of comparison to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts.
Shaffer, Matthew, "A REVIEW OF APPEALS AND LITIGATION OVER TIMBER SALES BETWEEN 1999 AND 2008 ON THE LOLO NATIONAL FOREST" (2009). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 35.
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