Apr 212015

The Associated Press is reporting that the Fish and Wildlife Service has decided not to list the California-Nevada population of greater sage-grouse as threatened or endangered. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will formally announce the decision today. (Press release below) Reported the AP’s Scott Sonner: Jewell said in remarks prepared for a 1 p.m. [Tuesday] announcement […]

Apr 152015

An EPA/Army Corps of Engineers rule defining “waters of the United States” would be delayed for a year under a spending bill released by House Republicans (text). The bill is scheduled to be marked up Thursday, April 16, by the energy and water subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. The bill also would prevent the […]

Apr 142015

A federal judge invalidated incidental take permits issued by FWS and NMFS that covered about 150,000 acres of forest land in northern California (Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center v. NOAA, 13-3717 NC, N.D. Cal.). U.S. District Judge Nathanael Cousins found the incidental take permits issued by the services, the biological opinion issued by NMFS, and the Final […]

Apr 132015

Citing “the interest of justice, particularly the interest of Alabama’s citizens in deciding this controversy at home,” U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta has transferred Gulf Restoration Network’s challenge to the approval of the Gulf State Park Enhancement Project to the Southern District of Alabama (Gulf Restoration Network v. Jewell, 14- 1773 APM, D.D.C., 4/9/15). […]

Apr 102015

More as we have time… Here’s the 8th Circuit’s summary: 04/10/2015  Hawkes Co., Inc.  v.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers   133067P.pdf U.S. Court of Appeals Case No:  13-3067 U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota – Minneapolis [PUBLISHED] [Loken, Author, with Bright and Kelly, Circuit Judges] Civil case – Federal Water Pollution Control Act. […]

Apr 082015
Wolf numbers are up and down in Idaho

There are two ways of looking at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s recent wolf monitoring report: The number of wolf deaths declined 24 percent (from 473 to 360) and the estimated number of wolves in the state increased from 684 to 770. Also, said the report, “The number of reproductive wolf packs (or […]

Apr 082015

The Fish and Wildlife Service says there is now enough evidence to consider listing the northern spotted owl as endangered. The service has made a positive 90-day finding, which has yet to be officially released. FWS did post a news release, however, and American Bird Conservancy (see below) and other groups have hailed the move, […]

Apr 082015

FWS has proposed a new 4(d) rule for the Georgetown salamander. Well, it will release the new 4(d) proposed rule officially tomorrow. But in the meantime, click on the link above for the proposal, now on Pubic Inspection at the Federal Register, and check below for an advance copy of the FAQ, graciously provided by […]

Apr 062015

A lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., challenges the authorization of grizzly bear “take” in connection with a fall elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park (Sierra Club v. Jewell). Sierra Club and Western Watersheds Project are the plaintiffs, represented by Earthjustice. Here are a couple of grafs from the press release: The […]

Apr 062015

Two crayfish from Appalachia have been proposed for listing as endangered by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The proposal went on Public Inspection today and will be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register. Center for Biological Diversity, which had petitioned the service, hailed the proposal. Tierra Curry, CBD senior scientist and a native of southeastern Kentucky, […]