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Critical habitat designation

Markle Interests, LLC v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service

A district court upheld FWS' designation of 1,544 acres of a privately owned tree farm in Louisiana as critical habitat essential for the conservation of the dusky gopher frog, an endangered species. The frog, listed in 2001, is located...

American Forest Resource Council v. Ashe

A district court upheld critical habitat protections for the marbled murrelet, a small seabird found in the Pacific Northwest that nests in old-growth forests. FWS designated critical habitat for the tri-state population of marbled...

Markle Interests, LLC v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service

A district court granted environmental groups' motion to intervene in a landowner's lawsuit challenging FWS' critical habitat designation for the dusky gopher frog in portions of Louisiana and Mississippi. The landowner, who owns...

Alaska Oil & Gas Ass'n v. Salazar

A district court vacated FWS' final rule designating approximately 187,157 square miles in Alaska and adjacent territorial and U.S. waters as critical habitat for the polar bear, ruling that the designation "went too far and was too...

Building Industry Ass'n of the Bay Area v. United States Department of Commerce

A district court held that NOAA Fisheries adequately considered economic impacts when it designated 8.6 million acres in California, Oregon, and Washington as critical habitat for the green sturgeon, a threatened species. Developers...

Conservancy of Southwest Florida v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Eleventh Circuit upheld FWS' decision denying environmental groups' petitions to designate critical habitat for the Florida panther under the ESA. The Secretary of the Interior listed the Florida panther as an endangered species in...

Conservancy of Southwest Florida v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Eleventh Circuit upheld FWS' denial of petitions to designate critical habitat for the Florida panther under the ESA. Environmental groups claimed that the denial of their petitions was arbitrary and capricious under the APA. But...

Arizona Cattle Growers' Ass'n v. Salazar

The Ninth Circuit upheld the FWS' designation of critical habitat for the Mexican Spotted Owl. A cattle growers' association argued that the FWS unlawfully designated areas containing no owls as "occupied" habitat. But the FWS'...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Kempthorne

A district court set aside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS') decision not to designate critical habitat or to prepare a recovery plan for the jaguar. The FWS' critical habitat designation determination was not based on the...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serv.

The court holds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS') decision not to designate critical habitat for the stickleback is not arbitrary and capricious, and that the FWS is not required to ensure compliance with federal and...