EPIC, et al. v. Blackwell, et al. (Westpoint Timber Sale: Klamath/Marble Mountains)

EPIC, et al. v. Blackwell, et al. (Westpoint Timber Sale: Klamath/Marble Mountains)

2004

Case Number: S-04-1027 WBS GGH

On May 27, 2004, EPIC challenged the Westpoint timber sale in federal court, a plan that covers over 1,000 acres in the Klamath National Forest. The Westpoint contains 53 units spread over two Klamath River tributaries, with many units bordering the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

EPIC, together with the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center (KS Wild), charged that the timber sale would fragment and destroy old-growth forests and other important wildlife habitat. In addition to northern spotted owls, salmon, and other imperiled species, the area contains habitat for the extremely rare Siskiyou Mountain salamander. We are also concerned that the timber sale would increase fire risks by removing the largest, most fire-resistant trees in this remote area—a pervading theme in the Forest Service’s plans these days. EPIC won the case in the district court. EPIC was represented in this case by Sharon Duggan.