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Sonoran Desert Tortoise Not Endangered or Threatened Says FWS

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service determined on October 5, 2015 that the Sonoran Desert Tortoise, found primarily in Arizona, does not qualify as either an endangered or threatened species under the Endangered...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Critical Habitat Designations Not Subject to Cost-Benefit Analysis

In Building Industry Association of the Bay Area v. U.S. Department of Commerce, a decision with significant implications for property owners, the building industry, and the development community at large, the U.S. Court of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - May 20, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus - Federal omission in closing oyster farm broke law, court told - Los Angeles Times - May 14: The U.S. Interior Department violated federal law by failing to conduct an...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

Court Concludes Balancing Is Unnecessary For Critical Habitat Designation, Only Consideration

On November 30, 2012, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California held that because the National Marine Fisheries Service had considered the economic impacts of designating certain areas as...more

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