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Environmental Law Alert: Oregon HB 3086 Allows Consideration of Off-Site Mitigation for Sage Grouse Habitat

Over 40 percent of the lands in Malheur County have been designated as core habitat for sage grouse by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife ("ODFW"). Other counties in southeastern Oregon are also heavily affected....more

Citing Increasing Threats From Urbanization, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Lists Two Central Texas Salamanders Pursuant to...

Recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (service) actions pursuant to the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) have the potential to significantly affect public and private development in Central Texas, as well as any other...more

Comment Period Extended For Proposed Listing Of Gunnison Sage Grouse

On March 13, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) extended the public comment period for two proposed rules relating to the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus). As we previously reported, the Service...more

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Designates 9,600 Acres Of Critical Habitat For Coachella Valley Milk Vetch

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) designated approximately 9,600 acres as critical habitat for the endangered Coachella Valley milk vetch (Astragalus lentifinosus var. coachellae). The critical habitat designation...more

District Court Upholds Federal Grant Of Right-Of-Way To Private Wind Energy Developer

In Sierra Club v. Kenna, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4743, *1 (January 11, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California upheld the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) grant of right-of-way over...more

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Issues Proposed Rule To List Zuni Bluehead Sucker As Endangered

On January 25, 2013, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a proposed rule to list the Zuni bluehead sucker (Catostomus discobolus yarrowi) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The...more

Court Vacates Critical Habitat Designation For Polar Bear

On January 10, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Alaska issued an order vacating the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's critical habitat designation for the polar bear after concluding that the Service...more

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Issues Proposed Rule To List Gunnison Sage-Grouse As Endangered

On January 11, 2013, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) published a proposed rule) to list the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As we...more

D.C. Circuit Rejects Challenge To Controversial ESA Settlement

On January 4, 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held that Safari Club International (Safari Club) lacked standing to intervene as a matter of right in the litigation that resulted in two...more

Designated Critical Habitat For Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Almost Doubled

On January 2, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a final rule increasing the critical habitat designated for the southwestern willow flycatcher (Empidonax traillii extimus). The flycatcher is a small...more

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Proposes Listing Four Subspecies Of The Mazama Pocket Gopher

On December 11, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) proposed listing four subspecies of the Mazama pocket gopher (Thomomys mazama) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service also proposed...more

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Issues Final Rule For Northern Spotted Owl Habitat

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recently announced (pdf) that it finalized its designation of critical habitat for the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in the Pacific Northwest. The final rule...more

Current Adminstration Agrees To Vacate Almost 4 Million Acres Of Critical Habitat For The Marbled Murrelet In The Face Of...

On Tuesday October 24, 2012, several conservation groups wrote a letter to President Obama expressing concerns about an agreement that the Obama Administration entered into with the American Forest Resource Council, Carpenter...more

Federal Court Upholds Critical Habitat Designation For Santa Ana Sucker

In a decision with important implications for the intersection of water rights and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the federal district court in Santa Ana, California upheld the designation of critical habitat for the Santa...more

Fish And Wildlife Service To List Extremeley Rare San Francisco Plant

On September 4, 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will issue a final rule today listing the Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) as an endangered species under the...more

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