Briefing nearing completion in gnatcatcher challenge

This week we filed our final trial court brief in our challenge to the Endangered Species Act listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher. We argue that the gnatcatcher should not … ›

Opening brief in gnatcatcher listing challenge

Today, we filed our opening merits brief in our challenge to the federal Endangered Species Act listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher. Our lawsuit takes aim at the taxonomic foundation … ›

What constitutes a “subspecies” under the Endangered Species Act?

When the Service rejected a delisting petition for the coastal California gnatcatcher, it acknowledged that it was not going to define “subspecies,” the very term upon which the denial rests, even while acknowledging that the term enjoys no commonly accepted meaning among scientists. Thus, by not defining that key term, the Service effectively reserved to itself the right to use whatever definition of “subspecies” suits it best at any time. This arbitrary power prevents the regulated public from challenging any “subspecies” designation because the Service can always move the goal posts.

Notice of anticipated gnatcatcher lawsuit submitted

This week, PLF submitted a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s denial last year of our petition to delist the coastal California … ›

Positive first step to the gnatcatcher's delisting

Today, the Fish & Wildlife Service announced a positive 90-day finding on our petition to delist the coastal California gnatcatcher.  The Service has determined that our petition presents substantial information … ›

Taxonomy and the rule of eight

Earlier this year, the Foundation filed a petition on behalf of property rights and building industry groups to challenge the continued listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher under the Endangered … ›

Petition to delist coastal California gnatcatcher filed

Today, PLF filed a new delisting petition with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of interested property rights groups, requesting that the agency delist the coastal California … ›

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Briefing nearing completion in gnatcatcher challenge

This week we filed our final trial court brief in our challenge to the Endangered Species Act listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher. We argue that the gnatcatcher should not … ›

Opening brief in gnatcatcher listing challenge

Today, we filed our opening merits brief in our challenge to the federal Endangered Species Act listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher. Our lawsuit takes aim at the taxonomic foundation … ›

What constitutes a “subspecies” under the Endangered Species Act?

When the Service rejected a delisting petition for the coastal California gnatcatcher, it acknowledged that it was not going to define “subspecies,” the very term upon which the denial rests, even while acknowledging that the term enjoys no commonly accepted meaning among scientists. Thus, by not defining that key term, the Service effectively reserved to itself the right to use whatever definition of “subspecies” suits it best at any time. This arbitrary power prevents the regulated public from challenging any “subspecies” designation because the Service can always move the goal posts.

Notice of anticipated gnatcatcher lawsuit submitted

This week, PLF submitted a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s denial last year of our petition to delist the coastal California … ›

Positive first step to the gnatcatcher's delisting

Today, the Fish & Wildlife Service announced a positive 90-day finding on our petition to delist the coastal California gnatcatcher.  The Service has determined that our petition presents substantial information … ›

Taxonomy and the rule of eight

Earlier this year, the Foundation filed a petition on behalf of property rights and building industry groups to challenge the continued listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher under the Endangered … ›

Petition to delist coastal California gnatcatcher filed

Today, PLF filed a new delisting petition with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of interested property rights groups, requesting that the agency delist the coastal California … ›

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Briefing nearing completion in gnatcatcher challenge

This week we filed our final trial court brief in our challenge to the Endangered Species Act listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher. We argue that the gnatcatcher should not … ›

Opening brief in gnatcatcher listing challenge

Today, we filed our opening merits brief in our challenge to the federal Endangered Species Act listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher. Our lawsuit takes aim at the taxonomic foundation … ›

What constitutes a “subspecies” under the Endangered Species Act?

When the Service rejected a delisting petition for the coastal California gnatcatcher, it acknowledged that it was not going to define “subspecies,” the very term upon which the denial rests, even while acknowledging that the term enjoys no commonly accepted meaning among scientists. Thus, by not defining that key term, the Service effectively reserved to itself the right to use whatever definition of “subspecies” suits it best at any time. This arbitrary power prevents the regulated public from challenging any “subspecies” designation because the Service can always move the goal posts.

Notice of anticipated gnatcatcher lawsuit submitted

This week, PLF submitted a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s denial last year of our petition to delist the coastal California … ›

Positive first step to the gnatcatcher's delisting

Today, the Fish & Wildlife Service announced a positive 90-day finding on our petition to delist the coastal California gnatcatcher.  The Service has determined that our petition presents substantial information … ›

Taxonomy and the rule of eight

Earlier this year, the Foundation filed a petition on behalf of property rights and building industry groups to challenge the continued listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher under the Endangered … ›

Petition to delist coastal California gnatcatcher filed

Today, PLF filed a new delisting petition with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of interested property rights groups, requesting that the agency delist the coastal California … ›

Briefing nearing completion in gnatcatcher challenge

This week we filed our final trial court brief in our challenge to the Endangered Species Act listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher. We argue that the gnatcatcher should not … ›

Opening brief in gnatcatcher listing challenge

Today, we filed our opening merits brief in our challenge to the federal Endangered Species Act listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher. Our lawsuit takes aim at the taxonomic foundation … ›

What constitutes a “subspecies” under the Endangered Species Act?

When the Service rejected a delisting petition for the coastal California gnatcatcher, it acknowledged that it was not going to define “subspecies,” the very term upon which the denial rests, even while acknowledging that the term enjoys no commonly accepted meaning among scientists. Thus, by not defining that key term, the Service effectively reserved to itself the right to use whatever definition of “subspecies” suits it best at any time. This arbitrary power prevents the regulated public from challenging any “subspecies” designation because the Service can always move the goal posts.

Notice of anticipated gnatcatcher lawsuit submitted

This week, PLF submitted a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agency’s denial last year of our petition to delist the coastal California … ›

Positive first step to the gnatcatcher's delisting

Today, the Fish & Wildlife Service announced a positive 90-day finding on our petition to delist the coastal California gnatcatcher.  The Service has determined that our petition presents substantial information … ›

Taxonomy and the rule of eight

Earlier this year, the Foundation filed a petition on behalf of property rights and building industry groups to challenge the continued listing of the coastal California gnatcatcher under the Endangered … ›

Petition to delist coastal California gnatcatcher filed

Today, PLF filed a new delisting petition with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, on behalf of interested property rights groups, requesting that the agency delist the coastal California … ›