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Interior requests rehearing on revived spotted owl case

Cara J

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On May 26, the U.S. Department of the Interior filed a petition for a rehearing by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia concerning a decision to allow standing for three intervening Washington state counties in a case that could challenge critical habitat designation for the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina), a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated more than 9.5 million acres as critical habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl across California, Oregon, and Washington state. Following this designation, several organizations representing the timber industry filed action against USFWS alleging violations of the National Environmental Policy Act and challenging the Service’s economic analysis for the designation. Three Washington state counties – Lewis, Skamania and Klickitat County – then intervened in the case with additional claims against USFWS, thus expanding the case beyond the bounds set by the original parties. The District Court, however, concluded that the original parties did not establish standing and subsequently dismissed the case. Following the District Court’s dismissal, both the original parties and the intervening counties appealed the court’s decision. On Apr. 11, 2017, a three-judge panel for the Court [...]


Read more: http://wildlife.org/interior-requests-rehearing-on-revived-spotted-owl-case/

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