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Rocky Mountain Wild, Inc. v. U.S. Forest Service

The Tenth Circuit held that the Forest Service does not have to fulfill an environmental group's FOIA request for documents created by a third-party contractor related to a land exchange in Colorado. At the center of the case was an...

Havasupai Tribe v. Forest Service

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court's decision rejecting challenges to a mining company's uranium mining rights on public lands around Grand Canyon National Park. In 1988, the Forest Service approved a plan to build and operate...

National Mining Association v. Zinke

The Ninth Circuit rejected challleges to a 2012 DOI decision to withdraw from new uranium mining claims, up to twenty years, over one million acres of land near Grand Canyon National Park. The lands were withdrawn, subject to existing...

Jarita Mesa Livestock Grazing Association v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court held that the Forest Service did not violate NEPA when it reduced grazing permits on federal land in New Mexico. The Jarita Mesa Allotment and the Alamosa Allotment are both within the El Rito Ranger District of Carson...

Olin v. Dakota Access

A district court held that a group of North Dakota property owners could not sue contractors hired to negotiate easements for the Dakota Access pipeline for misrepresentation and fraud. The contractors were hired to obtain easements...

Sturgeon v. National Park Service

The Ninth Circuit held that the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act did not limit the Park Service from applying the hovercraft ban on the Nation River in the Yukon-Charley preserve. A plaintiff sought to use his hovercraft...

Wildearth Guardians v. BLM

The Tenth Circuit held that BLM's approval of coal leases in the Wyoming Powder River Basin violated NEPA. In its 2010 EIS for the leases, BLM concluded that there was no appreciable difference between the United States’ total carbon...

Friends of the Eel River v. North Coast Railroad Authority

The California Supreme Court held that the state Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was not preempted by federal law. The North Coast Railroad Authority (NCRA) undertook a project to update and repair railroad tracks that run across the...

Conservation Congress v. FWS

The Ninth Circuit held that FWS and the Forest Service did not violate the National Forest Management Act when they approved the thinning of trees and undergrowth from portions of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The case involved a...

Nat. Res. Def. Council v. Nat'l Park Serv.

A district court found that the National Park Service (NPS) took a “hard look” at environmental impacts when it approved an oil and gas company's seismic survey in a Florida nature preserve. The oil and gas company requested that NPS...

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