Robert Thornton

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Petition to Delist California Gnatcatcher Filed

Citing new genetic evidence that the coastal California gnatcatcher is not a distinct subspecies as previously claimed, but is part of a single, healthy and abundant species that ranges from Southern California to the...more

6/13/2014 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA Listings

Proposed Critical Habitat Rules Expand Reach Of Critical Habitat Protections Under The Endangered Species Act

On May 12, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service proposed two important new rules (50 CFR Part 402 and 50 CFR Part 424) implementing the critical habitat provisions of the...more

5/14/2014 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Endangered Species Act ESA Listings Fish and Wildlife Service

California Court Recognizes Conservation Exception To Fully Protected Species Law

On an issue of first impression, a California court has created a judicial exception to the “take” prohibition in the state’s fully protected species statutes. On March 20, 2014, the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

3/31/2014 - Conservation Endangered Species Endangered Species Act Habitat Conservation Plan

Court Of Appeal Upholds Polar Bear Listing Based On Climate Change Impacts

In a major victory for advocates of regulatory action to address climate change, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected challenges to the listing of the polar bear as a threatened species. ...more

3/1/2013 - Climate Change Endangered Species Act

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