About Jonathan Wood

Jonathan Wood is a Fellow in the College of Public Interest Law and works primarily in Property Rights and Environmental Regulations.

Déjà vu: another court disregards precedent and property rights

More than 10 years ago, PLF won an important property rights victory in the U.S. Supreme Court — Palazzolo v. Rhode Island. That case held that government cannot “put an expiration date on the Takings Clause” by forbidding any property … Continue reading

Nature Conservancy reminds us that there doesn’t have to be conflict between environmentalists and property owners

The New York Times reports on the Nature Conservancy’s innovative program to provide “pop-up” habitats for migrating birds. The plan is pretty simple: The Nature Conservancy’s supporters provide information about bird sitings so that it can develop a map of … Continue reading

FWS dismisses state and local protections of gopher as too flexible

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed four subspecies of Mazama pocket gopher as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. As PLF explained in a comment letter last year, this listing is inappropriate and unnecessary because it doesn’t recognize the … Continue reading

California agency proposes continuation of mining ban

Since 2009, California has forbidden the use of suction dredge mining equipment until the agency in charge of regulating this mining — the Department of Fish and Wildlife — develops regulations to mitigate any adverse environmental effects. However, the Department … Continue reading

PLF files comment on regulation of privately-owned animals under the ESA

This week, PLF filed a comment on a USFWS proposal to remove an exemption for captive orcas from regulation under the ESA. You may recall that this began with a PETA petition to list Lolita, an orca who … Continue reading

Can Congress grant a state a monopoly over an industry at the expense of the rest of the nation?

Today, PLF and the Cato Institute filed this brief supporting New Jersey’s cert. petition in its challenge to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA)’s grant to Nevada of a monopoly on sports-gambling. This federal statute was adopted in 1992 and … Continue reading

PLF files suit over caribou petition, the sequel

PLF attorneys, once again, filed a federal lawsuit in Idaho today because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to properly respond to a petition that asks the agency to remove the Southern Selkirk Mountain Caribou Population from the endangered species … Continue reading

Sea otter case dismissed

This week, a federal district court judge dismissed a challenge brought by fishermen to federal bureaucrats’ decision to illegally expose them to criminal prosecution for continuing to pursue their occupation.The court accepted the government’s argument that, despite the fact that the … Continue reading

Are governments circumventing the “just compensation” requirement?

Reason‘s A. Barton Hinkle has an article reporting on a clever — some would say cruel — scheme to abuse property owners that the Virginia Department of Transportation has developed. What’s the scheme? First, the agency announces that it is … Continue reading