We received a favorable decision last August from a three (3) Judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirming the trial court's earlier decision to uphold the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Record of Decision to reopen most of the area that had been closed to OHV activity by an earlier lawsuit brought by the Center For Biological Diversity (CBD).
The CBD then filed a Petition for Certiorari (review) of that decision. I have now received a notice that denied that petition for a rehearing, en banc, and no judge has requested a vote on whether to rehear the matter en banc. That ends that matter as far as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is concerned.
Designation helps recover threatened frogs & streamline federal land activities permit process
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has designated critical habitat for three Sierra amphibian species – Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, mountain yellow-legged frog, and Yosemite toad. All three were listed in 2014 as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Designation of critical habitat for these species is designed to assist with their recovery. Most of the critical habitat for the frogs is on federal land, with significant overlap lands designated for each species.
The total acreage the Service identified as required to recover the three species is 1,812,164 acres. Based on more than 800 comments received during the two comment periods and numerous public meetings, the total area designated was reduced by 23,229 acres.