IPNFIdaho Panhandle National Forest
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2008) ("[N]either the NFMA nor the IPNF Forest Plan require the Forest Service to improve a species' habitat to prove that it is maintaining wildlife viability.
In addition, IPNF established a record of using best available science to carry out caribou friendly activities, such as location of old growth tree stands and vegetation management plans suitable for caribou recovery.
Next, the Ninth Circuit held that USFS's plan violated provisions of NFMA by failing to comply with sections of the IPNF forest plan dealing with health standards for IPNF fisheries and soil quality standards.
The Ninth Circuit also reviewed USFS's methodology in evaluating whether the project would meet the IPNF standard for limiting detrimental soil conditions to fifteen percent of the project area.