The focus has been on the bighorn sheep versus domestic sheep case, but Greta Anderson of the WWP’s Arizona office won an case before an administratrive law judge today — Western Watersheds Project v. Bureau of Land Management and intervener Byner Cattle Corporation.

Here is the order. Byner Complex Order October 2009

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

10 Responses to Western Watersheds wins a second legal case today

  1. kt says:

    That is great news!

    What is most appalling is that BLM acts like there are an endless amount of funds to build all manner of NEW cow projects – yet the existing projects are often in rack and ruin. Not to mention the gross depletion of the landscape the existing projects have caused.

    And how very few “undeveloped” waters exist in places like – central AZ!

    Beyond that all Why would anyone in their right mind want to BUILD MORE cow contraptions in an area so completely unsuited for livestock grazing as the Big Sandy country???

    That BLM continues this ridiculous course of action, instead of just terminating the permits – is a testimony to the failures of the Obama admin, and its appointment of the rancher and know-nothing Ken Salazar as a Dark Nasty Hat quelling any change at Interior.

  2. Greta says:

    Thanks Ralph!

  3. gline says:

    wonderful news!

  4. Laura says:

    I was hoping for some good news. After reading yesterday about the grizzly sow that had 3 cubs getting shot I was on bad news overload.

  5. nabeki says:

    More good news. Thank you WWP!!

  6. Ryan says:

    Congrats WWP, this is great news. Did FNAWS help at all?

  7. Rick Hammel says:

    It goes to show that the BLM does not look at all aspects of an action in their EAs. How can the public comment on actions if they don’t know about them? Hence, the WWPs court action and subsequent ruling.

    Thanks WWP for your efforts in keeping the BLM honest.


  8. Maska says:

    Thanks, Greta, and WWP, for helping keep the land management agencies honest. It’s a real struggle!

  9. Greta says:

    Well, to be fair, sometimes they are honest. Like, when I asked them how they came up with the proposed number of animal unit months and I was told that it was the lowest number the permittee would agree to. That was probably honest- an illegal basis for management, but true nonetheless.

    BTW, the “permittee” is a subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan mining company. Its corporate offices are in the same downtown Phoenix building as the Arizona State BLM offices.

  10. Maska says:

    Ay, ay, ay! This sounds like the basis for a great Jon Stewart skit.


October 2009


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey