No. 90-35796.

956 F.2d 1508 (1992)

IDAHO CONSERVATION LEAGUE, Idaho Wildlife Federation, Idaho Environmental Council, Idaho Sportsmen's Co-alition, Inland Empire Public Lands Council, and the Sierra Club, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. John MUMMA, F. Dale Robertson, and the United States Forest Service, Defendants-Appellees, Intermountain Forest Industry Association, Defendant-Intervenor-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Decided February 26, 1992.

As Amended May 6, 1992.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Victor M. Sher, and Todd D. True, Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Seattle, Washington, for plaintiffs-appellants.

Alan Charles Raul, Gen. Counsel, Raymond Fullerton, Asst. Gen. Counsel, Michael L. Gippert, Deputy Asst. Gen. Counsel, Vincent L. DeWitte and Jeffrey A. Knishkowy, Office of the Gen. Counsel, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., for defendants-appellees.

Steven P. Quarles and Thomas R. Lundquist, Crowell & Moring, Washington, D.C., for defendant-intervenor-appellee.

Before D.W. NELSON, NOONAN and T.G. NELSON, Circuit Judges.

D.W. NELSON, Circuit Judge:

At stake in this litigation is an area comprising 858,000 roadless acres situated in 47 different roadless zones within the Idaho Panhandle Forest ("IPNF"). Plaintiffs, a coalition of six conservationist/environmental organizations,1 challenged the Forest Service's decision to recommend against wilderness designation 43 of these 47 roadless areas, claiming that it violated the National Forest Management Act...


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