Monthly Archives: May 2012

Central American Crocodile Delisted

On May 23, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) from the list of federal endangered and threatened species.  The species was first listed as endangered in June, 1970.  The listing was due primarily to over-harvesting for commercial purposes.  Shortly thereafter, restrictions on the commercial harvest and trade of the species were instituted.  In … Continue Reading

Court rejects federal government effort to foreclose discovery in failure to reinitiate case

In Conservation Congress v. Finley, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61634 (May 2, 2012), plaintiffs challenge agency decisions that authorize the Beaverslide Timber Sale and Fuel Treatment Project located in the Six Rivers National Forest in northern California on the grounds the project violates the Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Environmental Policy Act, and National Forest Management Act. … Continue Reading

BDCP hits another bump in the road

Large-scale habitat conservation plans often are under development for many years then mired in the regulatory process for many more.  The Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) is not exceptional because it has hit a number of bumps in the road.  But it is exceptional because the plan development and regulatory processes are transparent and being … Continue Reading

Court finds that Section 9 does not require demonstration of future harm

In a recent decision out of Oregon, a United States District Court found that plaintiffs do not need to prove a likelihood of future take to prevail on a Section 9 claim.  Stout v. U.S. Forest Service, ECF No. 112 (D. Or. April 24, 2012).  Plaintiffs, ranchers who had been partially enjoined from grazing on certain banks because of potential impacts … Continue Reading