Sarah Stauffer Curtiss

Sarah Stauffer Curtiss

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Proposed Changes to Eagle Permit Regulations, Opens 60-Day Comment Period

Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published notice in the Federal Register of proposed changes to its eagle permitting regulations (Proposed Rule). Concurrent with the Proposed Rule, the Service issued a...more

5/9/2016 - Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Comment Period Incidental Take Permits NEPA Proposed Amendments US Fish and Wildlife Service

Center for Biological Diversity Files 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Final 4(d) Rule for...

As we discussed in a previous post, on January 14, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a final 4(d) rule under the Endangered Species Act for the northern long-eared bat. As we noted, although the...more

2/19/2016 - Center for Biological Diversity Endangered Species Act (ESA) ESA Listings Notice of Intent US Fish and Wildlife Service

New Revisions to Critical Habitat Regulations Leads to New Uncertainty

On Friday, February 5, 2016, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services) announced long-anticipated revisions to their critical habitat regulations and policy under the Endangered...more

2/15/2016 - Amended Regulation Critical Habitat Endangered Species Act (ESA) National Marine Fisheries Service US Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Final 4(d) Rule for Northern Long-Eared Bat Under Endangered Species Act

In April 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) published a final decision to list the northern long-eared bat as threatened and, rather than publishing a final 4(d) rule, opted to publish an interim 4(d) rule...more

1/27/2016 - Comment Period Endangered Species Incidental Take Permits US Fish and Wildlife Service Wind Power

U.S Fish and Wildlife Services Opts Not to Appeal 30-Year Eagle Rule Decision, Focuses on Development of Eagle Permitting Program

On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) dropped its Ninth Circuit appeal of U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s ruling that set aside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“Service”) rule to extend the maximum...more

1/25/2016 - Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act DOJ Incidental Take Permits NEPA US Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines Protection for Greater Sage-Grouse No Longer Warranted

In a speech at the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will not list the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered...more

9/24/2015 - Bureau of Land Management Endangered Species Act (ESA) ESA Listings US Fish and Wildlife Service

Court Invalidates 30-Year Permit Provisions of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Eagle Permit Rule on NEPA Grounds

As we discussed in a post from May 2014, the American Bird Conservancy (“ABC”) in 2014 filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“USFWS”) 2013 revisions to its eagle permit rule, alleging violations of...more

8/13/2015 - American Bird Conservancy Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Endangered Species Act (ESA) Incidental Take Permits NEPA Takings US Fish and Wildlife Service Wind Farm

USFWS to Evaluate New Incidental Take Permitting Program Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) published notice in the Federal Register announcing that it intends to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement to evaluate the effects of a program that...more

5/27/2015 - Incidental Take Permits Migratory Bird Treaty Act Rulemaking Process US Fish and Wildlife Service

USFWS Publishes Northern Long-Eared Bat Listing Decision, Opts for Interim 4(d) Rule

In a long-anticipated move, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”)has published a final listing decision and interim rule on the northern long-eared bat. The Service listed the northern long-eared bat as threatened...more

4/3/2015 - Endangered Species Act (ESA) ESA Listings Incidental Take Permits Public Comment Rulemaking Process US Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review Eagle Permit Rules

On Friday, June 20, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) announced its plans to engage the public in a review of how permits are issued for the non-purposeful take of bald and golden eagles under the Bald and...more

6/24/2014 - American Bird Conservancy Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act NEPA Public Comment Rulemaking Process US Fish and Wildlife Service

ESA Law Update: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NMFS Extend Comment Period on Critical Habitat Regulations

On June 20, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (“Services”), the two federal agencies responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”), have announced that they will...more

6/23/2014 - Critical Habitat Endangered Species Act (ESA) Environmental Policies National Marine Fisheries Service Proposed Regulation Public Comment US Fish and Wildlife Service

American Bird Conservancy Sends Notice of Intent to Sue Administration Over Revised Eagle Permit Rule

On April 30, 2014, the American Bird Conservancy (“ABC”) sent a Notice of Intent to Sue (“Notice”) to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service’) Dan Ashe, alleging...more

5/5/2014 - American Bird Conservancy Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Endangered Species Act (ESA) Environmental Assessments NEPA Notice of Intent Section 7

Environmental Law Alert: FWS Extends Eagle "Take" Permit to 30 Years | What You Need to Know

It's official. On Friday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ("FWS") issued for public inspection a final rule to extend the maximum term for programmatic "take" permits under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act ("Eagle...more

12/9/2013 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act (ESA) Environmental Policies ESA Listings US Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Sage-Grouse Protections May Impact Mining Along the California-Nevada Border

On October 28, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) proposed to list the Bi-State distinct population segment (“Bi-State DPS”) of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) as a threatened species under the...more

11/4/2013 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act (ESA) ESA Listings Mining US Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Greater Protections for Greater Sage-Grouse Along the California-Nevada Border

On October 28, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ("Service") proposed to list the Bi-State distinct population segment ("Bi-State DPS") of greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), which occur in the Mono Basin...more

11/4/2013 - Endangered Species Endangered Species Act (ESA) ESA Listings US Fish and Wildlife Service

Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Compliance: A "New Normal"?

As we discussed in this alert, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released its final Eagle Conservation Plan Guidance (ECP Guidance) on April 26, 2013. Intended to promote compliance with the Bald and Golden Eagle...more

8/15/2013 - Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Compliance Endangered Species Act (ESA) US Fish and Wildlife Service

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