Daines Urges Colleagues to Reverse the Ninth Circuit’s Cottonwood Decision

U.S. Senate – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today urged the members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to reverse the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals disastrous Cottonwood Decision.  In a memo to his colleagues, Daines underscored the critical nature of quick action to avoid further crippling of federal land management across Ninth Circuit states, and demonstrate why Congress should statutorily reverse the decision this year.

“To avoid the ‘crippling’ impacts on federal land management across Ninth Circuit states, Congress should statutorily reverse the Cottonwood decision by amending federal law to codify DOJ’s legal position in legislation enacted this year,”  Daines wrote.

To read Senator Daines’ memo, click on : senator-daines-memo-re-cottonwood-v-forest-service-case

The “Cottonwood” decision — calling for further assessment of lynx critical habitat — resulted in halting two projects this week in the Gallatin National Forest.    They were the Bozeman Municipal Watershed Project and the East Boulder Project.