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Environmental Group To File Lawsuit Over Southern California Frog

LOS ANGELES - (AP) An environmental group says it plans to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on allegations that the agency failed to develop a recovery plan for the endangered Southern California mountain yellow-legged frog. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the Center for...

Native Groups Sue Over Polar Bear Critical Habitat

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - (AP) Alaska Native groups challenged the federal government's designation of critical habitat for threatened polar bears on the state's oil-rich North Slope in a lawsuit filed Friday. The Arctic Slope Regional Corp., North Slope Borough, Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope...

Why Do the New House Republicans Hate the Bald Eagle?

Leda Huta, Executive Director, Endangered Species Coalition In 1973, Richard Nixon, a Republican president, didn't just sign the U.S. Endangered Species Act into law. His administration played a very large role in actually crafting this forward-thinking legislation. Looking at the new House Republicans...

Foley & Lardner LLP: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

By Tanya C. O'Neill and Sarah A. Slack , Attorneys, Foley & Lardner LLP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines on March 23, 2012 (Guidelines). The Guidelines, which became effective immediately, replaced interim guidelines issued by FWS in...

Foley & Lardner LLP: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

By Tanya C. O'Neill and Sarah A. Slack , Attorneys, Foley & Lardner LLP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines on March 23, 2012 (Guidelines). The Guidelines, which became effective immediately, replaced interim guidelines issued by FWS in 2003...

Marten Law: Proposed Rule Would Limit Extent of Economic Impacts Considered in ESA Critical Habitat Designations

By Jessica K. Ferrell, Partner, Marten Law PLLC Excerpt from the Commentary: In this Emerging Issues Analysis, Jessica Ferrell of Marten Law PLLC discusses a proposed rule that would require the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries to publish a draft economic analysis for public...

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...

Changes Proposed to Endangered Species Act

The Obama Administration and the House Natural Resources Committee have each proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The changes proposed by the House Natural Resources Committee focus on giving additional transparency to the process of listing decisions by making the data used by the agencies...