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Land Use (generally)

Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Pierson

A district court temporarily suspended a logging project in grizzly bear habitat in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. An environmental group argued the Forest Service's approval of the project violated NEPA. The court found that the...

Kalispel Tribe of Indians v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Ninth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for DOI and a Native American tribe in a lawsuit brought by a nearby tribe challenging DOI's decision that the former tribe's proposed casino on newly acquired off-reservation land would not...

Theissen v. United States

A magistrate judge dismissed a lawsuit concerning ownership of a grazing allotment in the Apache National Forest. Ranchers argued the allotment was privately owned and thus relieved them of any obligation to obtain a cattle grazing...

Montana Wildlife Federation v. Bernhardt

A district court vacated BLM's 2018 instruction memorandum (IM) and oil and gas lease sales in Montana and Wyoming issued in reliance on the IM for failing to maintain federal protections for the greater sage-grouse. Environmental...

Champions Retreat Golf Founders, LLC v. Commissioner of IRS

The Eleventh Circuit vacated and remanded the U.S. Tax Court's decision disallowing a charitable deduction for a conservation easement over property that included a private golf course and undeveloped land. The appellate court found...

Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The D.C. Circuit dismissed a Native American tribe's petition to review a FERC order denying the tribe's motion to intervene in the Commission's proceeding over construction of a natural gas pipeline in Massachusetts. The tribe argued...

Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. v. Osceola, Township of

In an unpublished opinion, a state appellate court reversed a lower court decision that ordered a Michigan township to issue a zoning permit to a food and beverage company to construct a well pumping station on agricultural land. The...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management

A district court granted environmental groups' motions for summary judgment in a challenge to BLM's 2017 determination that it did not need to authorize a proposed water pipeline project in southern California because the project fell...

Herrera v. Wyoming

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a lower court ruling that a Native American tribal member did not have the right to hunt in Bighorn National Forest because an 1868 treaty granting the right expired when Wyoming became a state. The Court...

Davilla v. Enable Midstream Partners L.P.

The Tenth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court's decision in a challenge to a natural gas pipeline company's expired easement on tribal land. The pipeline company appealed the district court's granting of summary...

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