President’s weekly report — April 18, 2014

Property Rights — California Coastal Commission We filed our brief in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission.  Here, the Commission is 1) refusing to allow a pair of homeowners to repair some storm-damaged beach stairs unless the stairs are dedicated for public use … Continue reading

Another win for the Delta smelt

Just minutes ago, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its en banc unanimous decision in NRDC v. Jewell holding that the Bureau of Reclamation violated the Endangered Species Act in renewing several dozen water contracts in connection with the … 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

Knee-jerk reaction to endangered species legislation

It’s amazing how predictable the “green lobby” is.  One can predict with absolute certainty that when conservative lawmakers propose legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act, no matter how benign, they will be met with the tired old accusation that … Continue reading

President’s Report – April 4, 2014

Property Rights – California Coastal Commission We reported last week that the California Court of Appeal issued an adverse decision in SDS Family Trust v. CCC, based on its misunderstanding of the facts related to when the family challenged the … Continue reading