Sequoia ForestKeeper et al v. Carlson et al, No. 1:2018cv00331 - Document 28 (E.D. Cal. 2018)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM DECISION and ORDER GRANTING 20 Motion to Intervene signed by Chief Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on 7/16/2018. (Jessen, A)
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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 5 6 7 SEQUOIA FORESTKEEPER and EARTH ISLAND INSTITUTE, 10 11 12 MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO INTERVENE (ECF No. 20) Plaintiffs, 8 9 1:18-cv-00331-LJO-MJS v. ANN CARLSON, in her official capacity as the acting Forest Supervisor of the Sequoia National Forest; and the UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE, Defendants. 13 14 The Court has received and reviewed the motion to intervene filed by Sierra Forest Products 15 (“SFP”). ECF No. 20. Plaintiffs and Federal Defendants take no position on the motion. Accordingly, 16 the Court concludes the matter is suitable for decision on the papers pursuant to Local Rule 230(g). 17 For good cause shown, SFP’s motion to intervene as of right as a defendant in this action under 18 Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a) is GRANTED. SFP’s motion is timely; among other things, the fact that SFP holds 19 the contract to implement the Spear Creek Roadside Hazard Tree Mitigation Project represents a 20 significant protectable interest in the subject matter of the litigation; disposition of the case would 21 impact SFP’s protectable interests; and, while the interests of SFP and Federal Defendants overlap, they 22 are not identical, as Federal Defendants must represent broad public interests beyond the predominantly 23 24 25 1 1 economic interests of SFP.1 SFP’s participation in the case is conditioned on its making every effort to 2 avoid duplicative briefing. Duplicative briefing will be disregarded and/or stricken. 3 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. 5 Dated: /s/ Lawrence J. O’Neill _____ July 16, 2018 UNITED STATES CHIEF DISTRICT JUDGE 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 1 The Court made the same finding in Earth Island Institute v. Elliott, Case No. 1:17-cv-01320-LJO-SAB, a challenge to the 25 Bull Run Roadside Hazard Tree Mitigation Project, and granted SFP’s motion to intervene in that case as well. 2