EPIC v. Tuttle (California’s Logging Rules Don’t Protect Coho Salmon)

EPIC v. Tuttle (California’s Logging Rules Don’t Protect Coho Salmon)

2000

This lawsuit sought to invalidate the State of California’s regulatory structure for logging operations on private land within the range of the Coho salmon. California’s Forest Practice Rules are inadequate to protect the Coho as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Yet the State has refused to enact meaningful reform measures to correct these violations. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the federal agency responsible for protecting endangered salmon, submitted a declaration in the case.

With the support of NMFS and also from Santa Cruz County, EPIC filed a motion for a “preliminary injunction” in May 2000 and asked the court to enjoin logging operations that “take” or kill Coho salmon.