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April 2, 2019 | Legal Document

Legal Document: Federal Judge Upholds Expansion of Ecological Wonder Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

A federal judge rejects Murphy Timber’s challenge to President Obama’s expansion of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in 2017. The judge rules there was no dispute that President Obama acted within his authority when expanding the national monument and that there was no irreconcilable conflict between the Antiquities Act and the Oregon and California Lands Act.

March 18, 2019 | Legal Document

Legal Document: Conservationists Sue U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Over Long-Overdue Plan To Prevent Chronic Wasting Disease At National Elk Refuge

A conservation coalition filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, asking a judge to order the agency to issue a long-overdue plan to phase out elk feeding on the Jackson Hole National Elk Refuge. The outdated and unnecessary practice of supplemental feeding threatens to accelerate the spread of wildlife diseases — including lethal chronic wasting disease, which was detected for the first time in November in Grand Teton National Park adjacent to the Refuge.

February 12, 2019 | In the News: Missoulian

Grizzly Rules Prompt Lawsuit Threat To Flathead Forest Plan

Josh Purtle, Attorney, Northern Rockies Office, Earthjustice: “The plan allows a huge amount of new road building to the detriment of grizzly bears and bull trout. It essentially says we’re going to change the requirements where you can build a road and how many miles you can build while maintaining the 2011 habitat conditions to protect grizzlies. But the plan doesn’t actually do that.”

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