Friends of Norbeck & Native Ecosystems Council v US Forest Serv, Rick Cables, State of SD, Jeff Vonk
Friends of the Norbeck and Native Ecosystems Council v. United States Forest Service, Rick Cables (Defendants) and State of South Dakota and Jeffrey Vonk (Intervenors)
The federal Norbeck Preserve adjoins the state-owned Custer State park and private lands in the southern Black Hills and is heavily infested with mountain pine beetles. In 2010, the Civil Division intervened in federal court to support a U.S. Forest Service plan to thin trees and undertake other vegetative treatments in the Norbeck Wildlife Preserve. The thinning and other treatments will diminish the rate of mountain pine beetle infestation and will improve habitat for game animals and birds. The 2010 Norbeck case resulted in a favorable decision and treatments in the Norbeck Preserve are currently ongoing. In the meantime, the decision was appealed. In July 2011, the Civil Division filed its brief in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the ongoing Norbeck Project.