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July 19, 2016

Lesser prairie chicken delisted

Today, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service formally removed the lesser prairie chicken — a species widely distributed across Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, including key areas for energy development — from the Endangered Species Act’s threatened list. The delisting was the result of a lawsuit against the agency ...

May 17, 2016

Good news for conservation: Feds abandon lesser prairie chicken appeal

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it was abandoning its appeal of a federal court ruling overturning its decision to list the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act. This is a big win for conservation. As you may recall, the court struck down the listing because the federal government ...

March 01, 2016

A win for voluntary conservation

This morning, the D.C. Circuit rejected a challenge to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to withdraw its proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard. The withdrawal was based on an intensive effort by states and private parties to conserve the species without the crushing burdens associated with a listing. This is an important win, ...

June 09, 2015

There are many ways to protect endangered species

If species aren’t protected under the Endangered Species Act’s burdensome approach, they’ll receive no protection at all. This is an all too common refrain. But it’s a false choice. There are many ways to try to conserve and recover species. The ESA’s punitive approach is not the only one, nor even the best one. Take ...

May 29, 2015

President's weekly report — May 29, 2015

POTUS’s WOTUS headed for SCOTUS? The President’s EPA minions issued the long-dreaded Waters of the United States rule this week, guaranteeing another clash before the Supreme Court of the United States. For more, and a link to our comments on the rule as proposed, see this blog post. Ever since our victory in Rapanos over EPA’s ...

March 19, 2012

The next delta smelt?

Perhaps it could be the dunes sagebrush lizard, the potential Endangered Species Act listing of which threatens the oil and gas industry in Texas and New Mexico. ...

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