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Federal actions, §7

National Parks Conservation Ass'n v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Eleventh Circuit upheld the National Park Service's (NPS') wilderness assessment and management plan for the addition of approximately 112,400 acres of land to the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, including its decision to...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Bureau of Land Management

The Ninth Circuit upheld BLM's proposal to expand access for off-road vehicle use in the Imperial Sand Dunes Special Recreation Management Area. The Dunes, located in California, are home to two threatened species: the desert tortoise...

Mayo v. Jarvis

A district court remanded a portion of FWS’ addendum to a 2007 biological opinion concerning the incidental take of grizzly bears in the Grand Teton National Park. In 2007, FWS and the National Park Service (NPS) issued a joint 15-year...

Emerging Regulatory Experiments in Permit Process Coordination for Endangered Species and Aquatic Resources in California

Many practitioners and scholars view enhanced permit coordination as beneficial due to purported efficiency gains and potentially better conservation outcomes, but scholarship on interagency coordination is still limited. The authors...

Friends of Animals v. Ashe

The D.C. Circuit dismissed a conservation group's lawsuit against FWS for failing to make a timely determination on their petition to list certain species of sturgeon as endangered or threatened under the ESA. Upon the filing of a...

Cascadia Wildlands v. Thrailkill

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision denying environmental groups' motion to preliminarily enjoin a forest fire recovery project in the southern Oregon Klamath Mountains. After a fire destroyed approximately 48,000 acres of...

Bundorf v. Jewell

A district court, on motions for reconsideration and clarification of a prior remand order, vacated and remanded DOI's record of decision (ROD), EIS, and biological opinion (BiOp) concerning a large wind energy project in Nevada. In the...

Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. United States Forest Service

The Ninth Circuit held that the U.S. Forest Service violated ESA §7 when it failed to reinitiate consultation after FWS designated critical habitat for the Canada lynx on National Forest land. In 2006, FWS designated critical habitat...

Alaska Wilderness League v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit upheld the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's (BSEE's) approval of oil spill response plans for an oil company's leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas on Alaska's Arctic coast. Several environmental...

Audubon Society of Portland v. Jewell

A district court adopted a magistrate judge's report and recommendation and ordered FWS to finalize and approve a comprehensive conservation plan for five national wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin Complex on or before August 1,...