Thursday, March 24, 2016

Southern Forest Watch, Inc. v. Sally Jewell (Dept. of Interior)

<> Southern Forest Watch, Inc. v. Sally Jewell (Dept. of Interior) - 3/23/16. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, Case No. 15-5413. Southern Forest Watch, Inc. and three individual plaintiffs appeal the grant of summary judgment to the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, and four officials, in this action challenging a new fee at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. SFW argues that the Park Service failed to comply with the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA), 16 U.S.C. § 6801 et seq., when it imposed the fee. SFW also contends that the district court erred in denying a motion to order discovery outside the administrative record. The Appeals Court affirmed the district court decision in favor of the Interior Dept.