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Protecting Viable Wildlife Populations

Case Overview

A 1976 law requires the Forest Service to maintain viable populations of wildlife species on the national forests. In September 2004, the Bush administration rewrote rules adopted during the Reagan administation to gut what's called "viapops." In March 2007, the court ruled that the rewritten rules were invalid.

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January 8, 2008 | Legal Document

NFMA Motion to Dismiss

Feds drop appeal of Hamilton's decision on Bush NFMA rules

January 10, 2006 | Legal Document

Wildlife Protections Complaint

Tries to overturn the Bush administration’s attempt to repeal key regulatory protections for national forest wildlife ranging from elk to Appalachian brook trout to the northern goshawk (Oct 26, 2004)

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