PLF effort pays off in announced removal of ESA protections for Modoc Sucker

December 14, 2015 | By TONY FRANCOIS

On December 7, 2015, with much self-congratulatory horn-tooting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would issuing a final rule removing the Modoc sucker from the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The Service’s press release describes the action as a success for the Service’s program ...


California court of appeal rules for double regulation of water rights

June 04, 2015 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Today the California Court of Appeal issued an adverse ruling in Siskiyou County Farm Bureau v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in a decision that will likely subject all water rights in California to onerous and duplicative regulation. The case is about whether the owner of a water right which has already been approved … ...


PLF files amicus brief in support of water rights

May 30, 2014 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Last year we reported that the Siskiyou County Farm Bureau successfully sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over whether the Department has the authority to limit the use of water rights.  The Department subsequently appealed the decision, and today PLF filed this amicus brief, along with the California Cattlemen’s Associati ...


Pacific Legal Foundation files amicus brief supporting Drakes Bay Oyster Company's Supreme Court petition

May 19, 2014 | By TONY FRANCOIS

How many Americans own property, or own or work at a business, which relies on a federal permit of some kind? Probably millions. For example, tens of thousands of cattle ranches hold permits to graze on federal land in the Western United States. Thousands of hotels and other businesses operate in units of the National … ...


PLF's Tony Francois speaking in Reno tomorrow to California Cattlemen's Association

November 14, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

If you are in Reno tomorrow morning, stop by for the California Cattlemen’s annual meeting at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.  I will be speaking to the Property Rights and Environmental Management Committee meeting, which starts at 9:00 a.m. … ...


California fish and wildlife department follows PLF advice on stream flow recommendations

June 07, 2013 | By TONY FRANCOIS

We have reported here and here on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s efforts to impose water diversion limits on Scott Creek in Santa Cruz County, by revising existing streamflow recommendations. Last week, PLF (joined by representatives of the California Cattlemen’s Association and Western Growers) met with the Department ...


Siskiyou County farmers win the day in court against California Department of Fish and Game effort to regulate their water rights

December 27, 2012 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Farmers in the Scott and Shasta Valleys of California’s Siskiyou County got an early gift on Christmas Eve, when the Siskiyou County Superior Court handed down a favorable ruling in their legal battle with the California Department of Fish and Game over whether the Department can issue permits to regulate water rights in California.  The &# ...