PLF sues over jaguar critical habitat designation in New Mexico

The only jaguars that you are likely to find today in New Mexico are at this dealership in Albuquerque. But that didn’t stop the federal government from designating tens of thousands of acres in Hidalgo County, in the southwestern corner of the state, … Continue reading

Green sturgeon critical habitat challenge: oral argument this week

On Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 9 a.m., I’ll be arguing at the 9th Circuit in support of our challenge under the Endangered Species Act to the critical habitat designation for a marine species known as the green sturgeon.  The critical … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — August 22, 2014

Property Rights — Extortion-by-the-Bay We had a hearing today in Levin v. San Francisco on our challenge to San Francisco’s new scheme to extract huge chunks of cash from rent-controlled landlords who wish to go out of the landlord business.  For … Continue reading

Its always endangered species day

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared today “Endangered Species Day.” The irony of dedicating one day on the calendar to species conservation is that every day is endangered species day if you operate an irrigation project; own a farm, … 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

Ninth circuit should re-examine flawed ESA precedent in re-hearing drakes bay appeal

This morning PLF, joined by the California Cattlemen’s Association and the Building Industry Association of the Bay Area, filed an amicus brief in support of Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s petition for rehearing en banc of the Court’s September decision in … Continue reading

The ESA and economic impacts

Last month, as I’ve noted already, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service finalized joint amendments to their regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act’s critical habitat provisions.  One of these amendments codifies the agencies’ … Continue reading

New ESA regulations on critical habitat

Last week, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service finalized amendments to the Services’ joint regulations governing the designation of critical habitat.  (PLF filed critical comments on the proposed changes).  Specifically, the amendments affect … Continue reading

PLF sues fish and wildlife service to compel it to do its job

This week, PLF filed suit against the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, after the Service delayed delisting two species, and down-listing another, for more than five years.   The Service has known that these three species should be reclassified based … Continue reading