EPIC and Friends of Gilham Butte v. CDF (Gilham Butte THP)
This suit challenged timber harvest plans filed by the Eel River Timber Company on Gilham Butte, an area of old-growth and residual redwood forest in southern Humboldt County and an area for which local residents have worked to gain protection for many years. In some of these plans the agency personnel recommended denial, but CDF approved them anyway. The company stipulated not to cut all three THPs until a judge could decide the case.
Procedure: THP 1-96-536 HUM on the Mattole River was approved by CDF on 9/16/97; 1-96-255 HUM on Salmon Creek was approved 9/29/97; 1-97-023 HUM on Westlon Creek was approved 11/3/97. Petition for Writ of Mandate was filed on 9/25/97 on THP 536 (Humboldt County Superior Court #9700762) for failure to meet the zero net discharge requirements and the likelihood that sediments would impact the Mattole River. THP 255 was amended into the case on 10/3/97 for cumulative impacts to late successional forest and sedimentation that would result from the cuts on steep unstable slopes. Separate Petition for Writ of Mandate was filed for THP 023 on 12/1/97 (Humboldt County Superior Court #9700851) on basis of failure to meet zero net discharge requirements.
Attorney: Thomas Lippe.
EPIC Contact: Cecelia Lanman, Linda Derksen (FGB).