Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Defenders of Wildlife v. Sally Jewell (Interior Department)

<> Defenders of Wildlife v. Sally Jewell (Interior Department) - 3/1/16. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 14-5284. The issue in this appeal concerns when a voluntary state conservation agreement may be considered in deciding whether or not to list a species under the Endangered Species Act. FWS's withdraw its 2010 proposal to list the dunes sagebrush lizard, whose habitat is in New Mexico and Texas and the district court granted summary judgment to the Secretary of Interior.
     The Panel said: "Appellants fail to show the Service did not rationally apply its policy in evaluating the Texas plan inasmuch as the Service's factual conclusions are supported by substantial evidence in the record. Accordingly, we affirm."