Susan Jane Brown

Western Environmental Law Center


Susan Jane Brown is a staff attorney with the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC). Her primary focus of litigation is federal public lands forest management, but her practice includes cases involving the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act, and other land management statutes. She is Co-Chair of the National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule and is also heavily engaged in collaborative forest restoration in the Upper John Day Basin in eastern Oregon.

Presentation Topic

Do Collaboratives Matter in Litigation?

Presentation Description

This presentation will discuss the recent federal court decision in Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. United States Forest Service, where the District of Idaho denied a preliminary injunction to plaintiffs seeking to stop a large landscape restoration project on the Payette National Forest in Idaho, largely on the basis of collaborative group involvement in the planning of the challenged project. The presentation will include an overview of the case and a discussion of its potential implications for collaborative restoration in our region.

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