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Polar Bear Endangered Species Act Listing

A district court held that the FWS violated NEPA, but not the ESA, when it issued a special rule that specifies the protective mechanisms that apply to the polar bear as a result of its threatened status. In May 2008, the FWS listed...

National Wildlife Fed'n v. Schaefer

A district court issued a preliminary injunction limiting the amount of cattle grazing allowed on conservation reserve program (CRP) lands. In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began a critical feed use haying and grazing...

Sierra Club v. Mainella

A district court granted in part and denied in part cross-motions for summary judgment in a case challenging the National Park Service's (NPS') decision to exempt from agency oversight directional drilling activities in and around Big...

Metcalf v. Daley

The court reverses a district court and holds that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Marine Fisheries Service, and other federal defendants violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by...

West v. Secretary of the Dep't of Transp.

The court holds that the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA's) use of a documented categorical exclusion (DCE) for a two-stage highway interchange project in DuPont, Washington, was arbitrary and capricious and was not in compliance...

Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project v. Blackwood

The court holds that the U.S. Forest Service must prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for several timber salvage sales on fire-damaged land in the Umatilla National Forest in Oregon. The court first holds that the Forest...

Rhodes v. Johnson

The court holds that the presence of extraordinary circumstances requires the U.S. Forest Service to conduct an environmental assessment (EA) before burning and removing shrubs from portions of the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois...

National Audubon Soc'y v. Hoffman

The court holds that a U.S. Forest Service proposal for a logging project and road extension in the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), but not the National Forest Management...

Fund for Animals v. Espy

The court holds that a nonprofit organization has standing to seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the implementation of a research study by the Department of Agriculture (DOA) on the transmission of brucellosis from wild bison in...