What Makes Land “Critical Habitat?”

Under the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is authorized to designate land (or water) that a species occupies, i.e., lives (or could naturally live or grow) as “critical habitat” for an endangered species.  16 U.S.C. § 1533...

The Supreme Court Welcomes Dusky Gopher Frogs

On January 22, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of 1,500 acres of private forestry land in Louisiana as critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog, an endangered species.  Weyhauser v. U.S....

The Mojave Desert Tortoise Moves In

In the 1980s, James Doyle, a successful real estate developer, purchased over 2,440 acres of land in St. George, Utah and invested large amounts of money to plan development that included luxury homes and nine golf courses. In the early 1990s, the U.S. Fish and...