High Sierra Hikers Association files suit for requested documents

By Wadi Reformado | May 17, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – A volunteer organization concerned with the management of the federal lands in the Sierra Nevada alleges that it has not received documents as requested.

High Sierra Hikers Association Inc. filed a complaint on May 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against National Park Service citing violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it submitted a FOIA request to the defendant for records related to the U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service's Wilderness Stewardship Plan for the Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks and the related final environment impact statement in May 2015. The plaintiff holds National Park Service responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to provide final determination by the March 21 deadline as determined in a previous letter.

The plaintiff seeks order for the defendant to provide all information sought by plaintiff, all legal fees and any other relief as this court deems just. It is represented by Elisabeth A. Holmes of Blue River Law PC in Eugene, Oregon; Daniel C. Snyder of Law Offices of Charles M. Tebbutt PC in Eugene, Oregon; and Laura D. Beaton of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP in San Francisco.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:16-cv-02609-JSC

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