Greens vs Greens: Oregon wind project loses battle with sage grouse

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management had approved the project, and Harney County granted a key permit. But environmental groups, including the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Audubon Society of Portland, challenged the BLM’s environmental review of the project. It needed the environmental review partly because the transmission line’s right of way would cross public lands. OregonLive/AP A federal […]

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BLM ‘wild, scenic’ designation clashes with rancher’s water rights, bank stabilization efforts

The plaintiffs claim BLM’s own analysis found that state and county governments are already protecting the river, so leaving the segment undesignated wouldn’t threaten its wild and scenic values. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Oregon ranch fighting Rogue River management plans An Oregon ranch is challenging federal management plans for a 63.5-mile stretch of the Rogue river, arguing they’ll impede stabilization […]

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BLM, horse ‘lovers’ group spar over genetic manipulation of wild horse herds

The government then returned the herds to the wild with significantly less genetic variation than it needs to survive, Front Range claims, in violation of the Wild Horse Act. And the government secured paid adoptions for the valuable horses it kept, according to the lawsuit. Karina Brown Courthouse News Service Federal Stampede over Wild Horse Breeding Program PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) […]

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Court rules federal taking of irrigation waters for endangered fish illegal

The districts and farmers, represented by the D.C.-based Marzulla Law firm, contend the government owes compensation, under the Fifth Amendment, for the temporary cessation of water deliveries in 2001 in order to protect endangered species including the Lost River sucker. The various legal and procedural complications are enumerated in the 474 separate court filings made since the first lawsuit landed […]

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