Sep 282015

Timber companies and the Carpenters Industrial Council could not demonstrate that they have standing to pursue claims against BLM for adopting land management plans for six districts in western Oregon. The cases decided by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon are American Forest Resource Council v. Jewell (14-368), Carpenters Industrial Council v. Jewell (13-361), and Swanson […]

Sage-grouse decision: Not warranted (Links)

 Posted by on September 22, 2015
Sep 222015

The Interior Department announced the decision, ahead of a formal announcement and press conference in Colorado at noon ET (10 MT). (click the link to go to a video announcement.) DOI sage-grouse page |  DOI release  |  NRCS release More links (and scroll down for releases from National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, WildEarth […]

Sep 212015

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, joined by four Western governors, the directors of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological Survey, and the chiefs of the Forest Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service, “will make a major announcement related to the historic conservation effort for the greater sage-grouse” in Colorado tomorrow. […]

Sep 182015

An array of environmental and social justice groups called on the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service to withdraw proposed regulations that would add steps to the Endangered Species Act’s listing petition process. In a letter to FWS Director Dan Ashe and NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, 175 groups said the proposed changes […]

Sep 172015

The service also found that petitions for two species — Stephens’ kangaroo rat and the Cahaba pebblesnail — did not merit further review. Stephens’ kangaroo rat is listed as endangered, so the petition was to delist. The full Federal Register notice is here More links FWS national press release (Word doc, Sept. 17, 2015) HTML […]

Sep 162015

The Forest Service must take another look at a mining project it approved in the Coronado National Forest, following a federal judge’s decision that found the service improperly excluded the project from NEPA review (Defenders of Wildlife v. U.S. Forest Service, 14-2446-TUC-RM, D. Ariz.). The now-postponed Sunnyside Project, proposed by Regal Resources, would involve “six […]

Sep 152015
Navy agrees to halt, limit use of sonar in marine mammal habitat

The Navy has agreed to significantly limit its use of mid-frequency sonar and explosives during training exercises, protecting species such as Hawaiian monk seals, blue, fin, gray and beaked whales, and dolphins, in a settlement of two cases approved by a federal judge in Hawaii yesterday (Conservation Council for Hawaii v. National Marine Fisheries Service, […]

Sep 152015

The Ninth Circuit has affirmed a lower court ruling that backed the Coquille Indian Tribe’s plan to conduct timber harvest on 268 acres of the Coquille Forest (Cascadia Wildlands v. BIA, 14-35553). The plan, called the Kokwel Project, complied with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Coquille Restoration Act, the court ruled on Sept. […]

Sep 152015

The Army Corps of Engineers has released a draft National Wetland Plant List (NWPL), which is used to delineate wetlands for purposes of the Clean Water Act and the Wetland Conservation Provisions of the Food Security Act. Other applications include wetland restoration, establishment, and enhancement projects. The Corps worked with EPA, FWS and NRCS to […]