SAF Submits Brief to the US Supreme Court in Forest Roads Case

The Society of American Foresters submits an Amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in an appeal of a recent Ninth Circuit decision on Clean Water Act permits.

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"The EPA has worked with state forestry agencies for more than 35 years and endorsed locally based best management practices, which have been successful in significantly reducing risks to water quality from forest management activities.”

Bethesda, Maryland (PRWEB) September 06, 2012

The Society of American Foresters (SAF), a professional society representing more than 12,000 foresters and other natural resource professionals, submitted an Amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court describing the science, implementation, effectiveness, and continuous improvement of best management practices (BMPs) related to addressing stormwater runoff from silvicultural activities under the federal Clean Water Act. The brief supports the arguments asserted by the petitioners in Decker, et al. v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, et al. and Georgia-Pacific West, Inc., et al. v. Northwest Environmental Defense Fund, et al.—two consolidated cases currently before the Court on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The brief, signed by the National Association of State Foresters, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, the Association of Consulting Foresters of America, Inc., the National Association of Forest Service Retirees, and a number of academics and researchers from across the country, informs the Supreme Court that the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s approach to addressing stormwater runoff from silvicultural activities for more than thirty five years is sound. Citing scientific evidence and research supporting the efficacy of forestry BMPs, the brief explains how and why forestry BMPs are an effective method to manage stormwater runoff from forest roads, ditches, and culverts.

“The Society of American Foresters worked with our partners and academics from across the country to highlight the importance of forestry best management practices in meeting the objectives of the Clean Water Act to the Court,” said Michael T. Goergen Jr., SAF Executive Vice-President and CEO. “SAF does not typically engage in cases before the Supreme Court. However, assuming the lead on this Amicus brief was necessary because the science and expertise of our profession can help inform the Supreme Court about what is working and what we continue to accomplish under the current approach. The EPA has worked with state forestry agencies for more than 35 years and endorsed locally based best management practices, which have been successful in significantly reducing risks to water quality from forest management activities.”

The Amicus brief submitted by forestry professionals is available online: http://www.eforester.org/fp/documents/Supremecourt_11-338_11-347.pdf

For more information, contact: Michael T Goergen Jr., Executive Vice President and CEO, Society of American Foresters; (866)897-8720; GoergenM(at)safnet(dot)org.

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The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society for foresters in the world. The mission of the Society of American Foresters is to advance the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry; to enhance the competency of its members; to establish professional excellence; and, to use the knowledge, skills, and conservation ethic of the profession to ensure the continued health and use of forest ecosystems and the present and future availability of forest resources to benefit society.


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