Court Allows County To Participate In Challenge To Forest Service Project

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A district court recently granted leave for a local county to participate in a lawsuit that challenged a Forest Service decision to implement a vegetation and road management project.  The county asserted that its proposed brief “would benefit the court because it represents ‘the perspective of those who will be most directly impacted by the Court’s decision’ since the Project is located” in the county.  The court agreed, holding that “District courts frequently welcome amicus briefs from nonparties concerning legal issues that have potential ramifications beyond the parties directly involved or if the amicus has ‘unique information or perspective that can help the court beyond the help that the lawyers for the parties are able to provide.’”

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