Western Watersheds wins a second legal case today

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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  1. kt Avatar

    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 Avatar

    Thanks Ralph!

  3. gline Avatar

    wonderful news!

  4. Laura Avatar

    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 Avatar

    More good news. Thank you WWP!!


  6. Ryan Avatar

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

  7. Rick Hammel Avatar
    Rick Hammel

    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 Avatar

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

  9. Greta Avatar

    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 Avatar

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


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