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The Montana Farm Bureau Federation sought to block the expansion of the bison’s winter territory into an area where they could not be hazed back into park. The Montana Supreme Court upheld a ruling which allows seasonal access for bison to forage in the north end of Yellowstone National Park.
“The ruling represents a victory in favor for all those who want to see wild bison as a living part of the Montana landscape, now we can move forward to secure room for wild bison to roam outside of Yellowstone National Park over the long term.” said Earthjustice attorney, Tim Preso.
After extensive scientific review, a federal appeals court upheld a 2008 decision that enacted water restriction on transporting water from the San Joaquin Delta to agricultural farms in the Central Valley to protect the Delta Smelt, an endangered fish.
“At the core of this decision, the 9th Circuit says this [study] is fine, and that at the time that it was finalized the agency had considered the best available science of the Delta smelt.” said Earthjustice attorney, Trent Orr.
The federal Bureau of Land Management has approved an expansive coal exploration plan for ten new coal mines and the construction of access roads through previously undisturbed, natural lands rich with wildlife. The plan, submitted by a subsidiary of Arch Coal Inc., calls for the assembly of these mines at a site adjacent to the existing West Elk coal mine.