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USFWS Snubs State Natural Resources Agencies: Northern Long Eared Bat ESA Listing Proposal
Posted on 14 May 2014 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

By Kathy G. Beckett There is a growing concern about USFWS action relative to the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) that speaks to the common dilemma, state versus federal. It was the state natural resource professionals who identified the impacts... Read More

Good News for the Sage Grouse
Posted on 31 Jul 2014 by Dianne Saxe

As we have written before , the Greater Sage Grouse is on the verge of extinction, likely due to habitat loss related oil and gas development. Prompted by litigation , the federal government finally issued an Emergency Order to protect the grouse in December... Read More

Canada Lags US In Protecting Endangered Sage-Grouse
Posted on 2 Sep 2014 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James In July, the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched a website to “communicate the breadth of the ongoing conservation actions underway to support Greater Sage-Grouse and the sage brush habitat the bird and 350 other species need... Read More

USFWS WV Field Office Guidance on Bat Conservation Plans – Proceed Cautiously
Posted on 26 Aug 2015 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released the “Guidance on Developing and Implementing a Myotid Bat Conservation Plan. http://www.fws.gov/westvirginiafieldoffice/PDF/WVFO_IBCP.pdf . Key teaching points about this guidance are raised in the following... Read More

Fisheries Act Convictions For Discharging Drinking Water
Posted on 21 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

Two Alberta construction companies have been convicted under the Fisheries Act for rupturing municipal water mains, discharging chlorinated drinking water into storm sewers and fish habitat. Treated municipal drinking water is harmful to fish, which... Read More

  • Blog Post: USFWS Snubs State Natural Resources Agencies: Northern Long Eared Bat ESA Listing Proposal

    By Kathy G. Beckett There is a growing concern about USFWS action relative to the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) that speaks to the common dilemma, state versus federal. It was the state natural resource professionals who identified the impacts of White Nose Syndrome on bat populations in the United...
  • Blog Post: Good News for the Sage Grouse

    As we have written before , the Greater Sage Grouse is on the verge of extinction, likely due to habitat loss related oil and gas development. Prompted by litigation , the federal government finally issued an Emergency Order to protect the grouse in December 2013. In January 2014, experts gathered...
  • Blog Post: Canada Lags US In Protecting Endangered Sage-Grouse

    By Meredith James In July, the US Fish and Wildlife Service launched a website to “communicate the breadth of the ongoing conservation actions underway to support Greater Sage-Grouse and the sage brush habitat the bird and 350 other species need.” The Greater Sage-Grouse website highlights...
  • Blog Post: Fisheries Act Convictions For Discharging Drinking Water

    Two Alberta construction companies have been convicted under the Fisheries Act for rupturing municipal water mains, discharging chlorinated drinking water into storm sewers and fish habitat. Treated municipal drinking water is harmful to fish, which is why it cannot be used as is in aquariums. So...
  • Blog Post: USFWS WV Field Office Guidance on Bat Conservation Plans – Proceed Cautiously

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released the “Guidance on Developing and Implementing a Myotid Bat Conservation Plan. http://www.fws.gov/westvirginiafieldoffice/PDF/WVFO_IBCP.pdf . Key teaching points about this guidance are raised in the following Q&A: • Why develop a plan? It...