WWP Wins Court Order Overturning Bush Administration Decision Not To List Greater Sage Grouse !

WWP Wins Court Order Overturning Bush Administration Decision Not To List Greater Sage Grouse !
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Tuesday December 4, 2007

Greater Sage-grouse
Photo © National Park Service

Today Western Watersheds Project won a remarkable Court Order from Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the federal District Court of the Idaho District that overturned the Bush Administration U.S. Fish and Wildlife decision that denied the protections of the Endangered Species Act for Greater Sage Grouse. WWP was ably represented in this litigation by our lead counsel Laird Lucas of Advocates For The West in Boise. Thank you Laird !!

In his 35 page Order, Judge Winmill stated that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision “was tainted by the inexcusable conduct of one of its own executives, Julie McDonald, whose tactics included everything from editing scientific conclusions to intimidating FWS staffers.”

Interested readers can download the 35 page Court Order.

Here is an early press story about this terrific federal Court Order (the blog comments at the Statesman URL are also interesting reading !):

Judge: Government must reconsider sage grouse protections
Rocky Barker – Idaho Statesman
Edition Date: 12/04/07

Bird In the Brush
Op-Ed – New York Times
Edition Date: 12/15/07

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