Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

October 3, 2010

Huron-Manistee National Forest plan violated law

Officials favored snowmobilers, hunters in plan

CADILLAC (AP) — The government has been ordered to revisit the 2006 management plan for the Huron-Manistee National Forest after a successful appeal by a Detroit-area lawyer.

Kurt Meister argued that officials favored hunters and snowmobilers over hikers, birders and people who enjoy the quiet of the outdoors. He said the Forest Service disregarded certain procedures when it wrote the plan.

A federal appeals court agreed Wednesday. The court overturned a decision by Detroit federal Judge Gerald Rosen and said a government agency "is not entitled to deference simply because it is an agency."

The Huron-Manistee forest covers nearly 1 million acres in northern Lower Michigan, from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.

Meister represented himself in the case.

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