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Conservation Congress, et al v. J. Sharon Heywood

March 7, 2012

CONSERVATION CONGRESS, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
J. SHARON HEYWOOD, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Morrison C. England, JR United States District Judge

STIPULATION TO STAY CASE AND ORDER

This stipulation to stay the litigation is entered into by Plaintiffs Conservation Congress and Citizens for Better Forestry and Defendants Sharon Heywood, in her official capacity as Forest Supervisor, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the United States Forest Service, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ("FWS"). By and through counsel, the parties state as follows:

WHEREAS on August 24, 2011, Plaintiffs filed the complaint initiating this litigation, alleging violations of the Endangered Species Act ("ESA"), the National Forest Management Act ("NFMA"), and the National Environmental Policy Act ("NEPA") in connection with the Gemmill Thin Project in the South Fork Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest;

WHEREAS on October 28, 2011, Defendants filed their answer to that complaint;

WHEREAS on October 28, 2011, the parties filed a Joint Status Report advising the Court of the mutually-agreed deadlines for case, including the filing of the administrative record, resolution of issues concerning the sufficiency of the administrative record, and a summary judgment briefing schedule;

WHEREAS on January 13, 2012, the parties filed the First Amended Status Report modifying those deadlines;

WHEREAS on January 24, 2012, the Court entered the Pretrial Scheduling Order memorializing the modified deadlines;

WHEREAS on February 27, 2012, by and through counsel, Defendants advised Plaintiffs of the Forest Service's decision to voluntarily reinitiate the ESA Section 7 consultation process for the Gemmill Thin Project.

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS STIPULATED BY AND BETWEEN THE PARTIES AS FOLLOWS:

1. Upon entry of the Court's order, the instant litigation will be stayed to allow for the Forest Service and FWS to complete the reinitiated ESA Section 7 consultation process and any attendant administrative processes otherwise required by law.

2. Counsel for Defendants shall notify counsel for Plaintiffs of the conclusion of any process described in Paragraph 1 within 2 days of such conclusion.

3. Within 15 days of the conclusion of all processes described in Paragraph 1, counsel for Defendants will provide counsel for Plaintiffs an electronic copy of the decision documents for the associated final agency actions, such as any new biological opinion or record of decision.

4. Within 30 days of the provision of the documents referenced in Paragraph 3, Plaintiffs shall advise Defendants of whether, and how, they intend to proceed with the instant litigation.

5. Within 15 days of the notification referenced in Paragraph 4, the parties shall file a joint status report with this Court advising it of the parties' proposals for ...


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