Category Archives: Endangered Species & Wildlife

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Interior’s Latest Endangered Species Act Guidance: Crucial Information for Developers (and AP Government Students)

One of my happiest marital duties is being a guest speaker for my wife’s AP Government classes.  As part of her students’ preparation for the annual AP exam, she asks me to give a presentation focused on the role of the executive branch in relation to the other two main branches of government.  “The kids … Continue Reading

What’s the Buzz? Tell Me What’s A-Happening

When the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service placed the rusty patched bumblebee on the endangered species list back on March 21, many observers wondered how this action could impact a wide variety of infrastructure development proposals.  Unlike some of the recent controversial species management actions that implicated areas of the American west more accustomed to … Continue Reading

Avoiding NEPA – Even for “Worthy Goals” – Is Never Advisable

From the very first day of my legal career, clients have asked me some variation of this question:  “Why can’t we just prepare a shorter Environmental Assessment (EA) or even issue a Categorical Exclusion (no analysis at all) instead of doing a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for our project?” The answer is almost always … Continue Reading