Ferguson & Coppes attorneys prevail on the merits and attorney’s fees in federal court judgment against the Kootenai National Forest for failing to act as required under the National Scenic Trails Act

On September 28, 2022, the Department of Justice formally withdrew its second 9th Circuit Appeal after losing a judgment on the merits issued by the Honorable Donnald Malloy.  At issue in the case was the agency’s failure to act pursuant to § 706(1) of the Administrative Procedures Act and the National Scenic Trails Act.  Emily Wilmott and Graham Coppes successfully prosecuted the case against the Kootenai National Forest who were more then a decade late in drafting and authorizing a Comprehensive Plan which incorporated protections for the Cabinet-Yaak population of Threatened grizzly bears.