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National Audubon Soc'y v. Kempthorne

A district court enjoined the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from leasing approximately 1.7 million acres within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for oil exploration. The lease concerns vast areas of sensitive wetlands...

Utah Shared Access Alliance v. Carpenter

The court upholds several off-road vehicle (ORV) restrictions imposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in certain parts of Utah. BLM complied with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the National Environmental Policy...

National Audubon Soc'y v. Kempthorne

A district court issues a preliminary ruling that temporarily blocks the Bureau of Land Managment's (BLM's) plans to lease approximately 1.7 million acres within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for oil exploration. The lease...

Fund for Animals v. BLM

The court affirms the dismissal of animal defense organizations' action challenging the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM’s) strategy to achieve an appropriate management level for national wild horse and burro populations on...

Wilderness Soc'y v. Norton

The court dismisses an environmental group's claims that the National Park Service (NPS) failed to comply with certain statutory mandates, deadlines, and management policies involving national park management, and denied the group's non...

Oregon Natural Desert Ass'n v. Taylor

A district court granted summary judgment against environmental groups on their claim that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to perform assessment, evaluation, and determination...

National Park Hospitality Ass'n v. Department of the Interior

The U.S. Supreme Court holds that an association's claim that a National Park Service (NPS) regulation that purports to render the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) inapplicable to concession contracts is not yet ripe for adjudication. The...

Akootchook v. United States

The court holds that the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) may require applicants for land allotments under the Alaska Native Allotment Act (ANAA) to prove personal use and occupancy independent of immediate family members prior to...

Cobell v. Norton

The court affirms a district court holding that the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) breached its fiduciary duties to Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust account beneficiaries and, therefore, must conduct an accurate accounting....

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Dabney

The court reverses and remands a lower court decision holding that a portion of the National Park Service's (NPS') backcountry management plan (BMP) for the Canyonlands National Park in Utah that allows motor vehicle access on a 10-mile...