Federal Government and Center For Biological Diversity Reach Settlement over ‘Wild And Scenic’ Rivers
October 1, 2018
Argent Communications Group
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) settled a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) regarding certain California waterways designated as “wild and scenic” rivers. The federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court, Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management et al., Case No. 2:18-cv-02448 (C.D. Cal.), sought to compel USFS and BLM to prepare river Management Plans for segments of eight rivers in southern California, pursuant to the Wild and Scenic River Act (WSRA), 16 U.S.C. §1271 et seq. Under the stipulated settlement, the federal agencies have committed to prepare Management Plans for more than 100 miles of wild and scenic rivers flowing through their respective managed lands by the year 2024, in furtherance of protecting and enhancing the rivers’ qualities as special wilderness areas.
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