Fund for Animals v. Norton, 294 F. Supp. 2d 92 (D.D.C. 2003)
Fund for Animals v. Babbitt, Civ. No. 97-1126 (D.D.C.)

Case Summary:

On behalf of the Fund for Animals and other groups, in 1997 we settled a suit against the Park Service requiring the agency to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) concerning winter use in Yellowstone National Park. In 2001, the agency completed the EIS and decided to eliminate snowmobiling in the Park, but to continue grooming snow-packed roads, despite their adverse impacts on bison.  In early 2003, after the Bush Administration reversed this decision and announced that snowmobiles would remain in the Park, we represented the Fund, Bluewater Network and others in a challenge to that decision. A federal judge found that the Park Service had failed to provide a rational explanation for its reversal on snowmobiles, and that the agency had still failed to adequately study the impacts of snow-packed roads. The Court also ordered the agency to respond to Bluewater Network's 1999 Petition seeking a ban on snowmobiling and trail grooming throughout the Park system.

Plaintiffs: The Fund for Animals, Bluewater Network, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Ecology Center, Walt Farmer, George Wuerthner, Phillip Knight, Richard Meis, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, National Parks Conservation Association, Wilderness Society, National Resources Defense Council, Winter Wildkands Alliance and Sierra Club

Court: United States District Court for the District of Columbia