Economics of the Federal Timber Sale Program

CSE (formerly Forest Conservation Council) and seven other plaintiffs seek to compel the U.S. Forest Service to consider the wide range of ecosystem service benefits associated with unlogged forests as well as the externalized costs of logging when the agency prepares timber sales and other management activities on national forest lands. Without considering these benefits and costs, Forest Service decisions are biased in favor of logging. Plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction was denied in 2007 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, but may be re-filed once the U.S. Forest Service issues final decisions on a range of timber sales and land management plans currently working their way through the administrative process.