About Damien M. Schiff

Damien Schiff is a principal attorney for Pacific Legal Foundation. Mr. Schiff practices Environmental Law, with emphasis on cases involving the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act. He is PLF's lead attorney in Sackett v. EPA.

Opposing legislative efforts to undercut homeowner protection

This afternoon, the Natural Resources Committee of the California Assembly will consider AB 1129 (Stone), the Coastal Commission’s most recent effort to expand its powers at the expense of coastal landowners. The bill would overturn a longstanding understanding of the … Continue reading

More on the jumping mouse

Earlier this month, PLF submitted a petition to delist the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from the Endangered Species Act. This week, Ron Arnold has an excellent column in the Washington Examiner detailing the tremendous waste of conservation money, time, and effort … Continue reading

Appeal filed in forest access case

Today, we filed our notice of appeal in Granat v. USDA, a challenge to the Forest Service’s massive route-closure initiative on the Plumas National Forest in northeastern California. In 2005, the Forest Service promulgated a Travel Management Rule. The Rule’s purpose … Continue reading

New article on judicial review and the Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act gives the United States Fish and Wildlife Service the authority to exclude areas from protected species’ “critical habitat” when the benefits of excluding those areas would exceed the benefits of including them. This power is significant, … Continue reading

How should one measure the Endangered Species Act’s performance?

Property rights and other groups that seek reform of the Endangered Species Act oftentimes note that only a tiny fraction of the species that have been listed under the Act have recovered. Environmentalists typically respond that a recovery metric is … Continue reading

Alaska legislators lodge support for permafrost case

Earlier this week, a coalition of Alaska state legislators urged the state’s federal representatives, and relevant members of the new administration, to revoke the so-called Alaska Supplement to the Army Corps of Engineers’ 1987 Wetlands Delineation Manual. Citing PLF’s ongoing … Continue reading

Is endangered species reform in the offing?

For many years, defenders of property rights and limited government have advocated for reform of the Endangered Species Act. Not surprisingly, recent ameliorative efforts have gone nowhere thanks to divided government. But with the Legislative and Executive Branches now controlled … Continue reading