Colloquium on national monuments

To Shrink or Not to Shrink? Presidential Authority Over National Monuments Monday, November 20, 2017 University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Room 165 6:30pm – 8:30pm This year’s Carver Colloquium will debate the ability of standing presidents to diminish or abolish national monuments created by past presidents. The authority to expand national monuments has …

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Another September case

Wild Wilderness v. Allen seems to have not shown up on the Forest Service litigation reports, but here is a newspaper version.  On Sept. 8, the Ninth Circuit found that the decision to build the Kapka Sno-Park, a parking lot for snowmobile users on the Deschutes National Forest, was consistent with the forest plan and …

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Sage grouse planning do-over

This article discusses the last Trump/Zinke twist in the effort to prevent sage listing of the greater sage grouse under ESA.  While sage grouse habitat on federal lands is mostly under BLM jurisdiction, the Forest Service is also a big player, and 20 forest plans were amended in 2015 to include conservation measures that were …

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Litigation bi-weekly October 6 & 13

Litigation Weekly Oct 6 New cases WildlandsDefense_v_Seesholtz  –  Challenge to the North and South Pioneer Salvage and Reforestation Projects on the Boise NF for its analysis of bull trout, including ESA consultation, and for compliance with forest plan standards for soils and salvage harvesting.  (D. Idaho) EarthIslandInstitute_v_Elliott  –  Challenge to the Bull Run Roadside Hazard …

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A couple more fire articles – costs and solutions

One is an Associated Press overview of the firefighting cost issue.  It’s not research, but it is the way the problem is viewed by many people.  Here is why they say costs are going up: The U.S. is seeing more and bigger wildfires, and the wildfire season is getting longer. The reasons are hotter, drier …

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September litigation monthy

This gets us up-to-date with the weeklies I’ve received.  Sit back, have a cup of coffee …. Litigation Weekly Sept 1 Cent Or Landwatch v Connaughton  – The Deschutes decision to authorize a water supply intake was consistent with the forest plan riparian management objectives (RMOs) and complied with NEPA.  (9th Circuit) Beaver Creek NOI  –  …

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R.I.P. Saw Brigade

In another old case … The Supreme Court has left in place a lower court ruling that prevents New Mexico from greenlighting tree clearing on federal land in the state in the name of fire prevention. The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a dispute between New Mexico and the federal government. The issue dates …

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R.I.P. Shovel Brigade?

The Jarbridge Road in Nevada is back under the control of the Forest Service. A federal judge in Reno ruled against rural Elko County this week — again — and closed the 18-year-old case stemming from a sometimes volatile feud over the road in remote wilderness near the Idaho line. It began in 1999 when …

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New lawsuit – winter motorized recreation in Idaho

A sneak preview of the September litigation monthly: A lawsuit filed by the Winter Wildlands Alliance and WildEarth Guardians contends that the Bridger-Teton, Boise and Payette national forests improperly used a “grandfather provision” to avoid preparing a new winter travel plan. The U.S. Forest Service historically allowed its forests to forgo winter travel plans, but …

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