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Congressional Wolf Delisting and the Erosion of the Separation-of- Powers Doctrine

The long legal fight over wolf reintroduction in the Northern Rocky Mountains came to a close in 2011, when Congress intervened in the ongoing court case by delisting the wolves through an appropriations bill rider. Though removal of...

Recovering Endangered Species in Difficult Times: Can the ESA Go Beyond Mere Salvage?

Although tomes could be written about delisting trends and the delisting of the gray wolf in particular, the purpose of this Comment is to explore current issues related to
endangered species recovery. Congressional delisting of...

Delisting Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains: Congress Cries Wolf

A battle is waging in the Northern Rocky Mountains, with environmental groups supporting the return of the wolf to the region to restore ecological balance, and the livestock industry fighting the species’...

Incidental Extinction: How the Endangered Species Act's Incidental Take Permits Fail to Account for Population Loss

Section 9 of the ESA boldly declares that any harm perpetrated upon a listed species, even a single animal, is illegal. Yet, the Incidental Take Permit provision of the ESA expressly allows nonfederal landowners to harm thousands,...

The Outer Limits of Endangered Species Act Liability—The ESA’s Indirect Effect Regulation and Its Application to Climate Change

Good scientists have active minds and creative imaginations. These traits allow scientists to develop hypotheses and design experiments to test them with the hope of moving scientific inquiry and the state of knowledge ever...

Place-Based National Forest Legislation and Agreements: Common Characteristics and Policy Recommendations

Throughout the country, divergent interests are collaborating about how they would like particular national forests to be managed. Some of these initiatives are seeking place-based legislation as a way to secure such agreements...

The Oil Spill's Impact on Gulf Coast Oysters

Oysters are an integral part of the Gulf of Mexico. They clump together to act as coral reefs that protect, shelter, and form vital nursery grounds for other aquatic species. They act as natural water purifiers, filtering anywhere from...

Rethinking the ESA to Reflect Human Dominion Over Nature

My basic critique of the Endangered Species Act (the ESA) is that it is built on an untenable premise that there is something natural--whether called species, ecosystems, or biodiversity--out there that we can save from humanity's reach...

Comment on <em>Rethinking the ESA to Reflect Human Dominion Over Nature</em>

Above my desk at work, I keep a button that reads "Save the Ugly Animals Too." It is a reminder that more than just the charismatic megafauna, such as wolves and bald eagles and grizzly bears and whales, are worth conserving. From the...

Above All, Try <i>Something</i>: Two Small Steps Forward for Endangered Species

In a recent essay, Katrina Wyman suggests four substantial reforms aimed at improving implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and furthering species recovery: (1) decoupling listing decisions from permanent species protection...