Judge denies Nevada off-road challenge to grouse protection
July 12, 2020
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld the U.S. Forest Service's authority to keep a 250-mile (400-kilometer) motorcycle race out of sage grouse habitat in Nevada's high desert, rejecting a lawsuit by off-road vehicle enthusiasts who argued the agency illegally short-circuited the environmental review process.
The lawsuit filed in December 2018 challenged Forest Service rules barring off-road travel within 4-mile (6.5-km) buffers around bi-state grouse breeding grounds between March 1 and June 30 in the Mono Basin along the California-Nevada line.
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