The process by which the Bighorn National Forest revised its forest use plan has been vindicated in Federal Court. U.S. Wyoming District Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled that the Forest Service followed the law when they adopted the plan revision in 2005. Bighorn National Forest Service Planner Laurie Walters-Clark.
The Court agreed with the Forest Service. In 1985 Forest Service officials realized that studying every possible alternative across the board was cumbersome and not practical. Forest planners now look at those alternatives on a site-by-site basis.
In 2007, Western Watersheds filed their lawsuit based on decisions about grazing allotments on three sites in the Bighorn National Forest.
The forest use plan can be amended as needed and must be completely reviewed and updated every 10 years.