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General Land Office of the State of Texas v. FWS

A district court held that the state of Texas cannot challenge the listing of the golden-cheeked warbler as endangered under the ESA. The state brought a lawsuit against FWS alleging that the agency unlawfully dismissed a petition to...

Cascadia Wildlands v. Scott Timber Co.

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court's grant of an injunction to halt a logging project in Oregon. A conservation group brought a citizen suit under the ESA challenging a logging project it claimed would result in the taking of the...

Earth Island Institute v. Elliot

A district court held that a Forest Service fire salvage restoration project could proceed despite its risk to protected species. The Cedar Fire began on August 16, 2016, and burned for three weeks over 29,000 acres of mixed conifer and...

Mayo v. National Park Service

The D.C. Circuit held that the Park Service did not violate NEPA when it authorized recreational hunts of elk in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park. The Grand Teton and the National Elk Refuge (Refuge) are home to the “Jackson herd,”...

Assessing State Laws and Resources for Endangered Species Protection

This Comment provides a comprehensive analysis of state endangered species laws and state funding to implement the federal ESA. It suggests that increased coordination between the states and federal agencies regarding the protection and...

Animal Legal Defense Fund v. USDA

The D.C. Circuit held that the USDA did not violate the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) when it renewed the licenses of animal exhibitors the agency knew was in violation of numerous animal welfare requirements. Animal activists brought suit...

American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign v. USDA

The D.C. Circuit held that the USDA's decision to alter territorial lines of the Devil's Garden Wild Horse Territory section of the Modoc National Forest was in violation of NEPA. Since 1975, the United States Forest Service has...

Hybridizing Law: A Policy for Hybridization Under the Endangered Species Act

For centuries, hybridization was a poorly understood process thought to be a threat to endangered species. With the advent of genomic technologies, those views are starting to change; hybridization is now recognized as vital for the...

Science and Sleuthing: Improving CITES Enforcement Through Innovations in Wildlife Forensic Technology

In 1975, 80 countries entered into the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Today, CITES covers 35,000 species. Though CITES is widely used, protected species continue to slide to...

Save Our Cabinets v. FWS

A district court held that the approval of a mining project in Montana violated the ESA. A mining company submitted a plan to the Forest Service and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to extract copper and silver from...

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