Denial of Livestock Industry’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari seals the fate of Bush era grazing regulations on 160,000,000 acres of public land

On Monday, October 3rd the United States Supreme Court denied consideration of an appeal by the Public Lands Council of prior federal court decisions won by Western Watersheds Project that overturned the Bureau of Land Management’s livestock grazing regulations enacted during the administration of George W. Bush.

The decision ends once and for all the public land ranching industry’s attempt to reinstate regulations that would have significantly reduced public participation in the Bureau of Land Management’s livestock grazing program and granted ranchers private property interest in range developments and water on over 160,000,000 acres of federal public land in eleven western states !!

Western Watersheds Project was ably represented in this litigation by attorney Laird Lucas of Advocates for the West‘s Boise office, the late Tom Lustig of the National Wildlife Federation, and before the U.S. Supreme Court by Scott Nelson of the Public Citizen Litigation Group.

U.S. Supreme Court Ends Bush-Era Grazing RegulationsEnvironment News Service

Read Western Watersheds Project’s News Release

Read the SCOTUS denial of petition for a writ of certioraripdf
(page 70, docket ’10-1290′)
Read the 9th Circuit Decisionpdf
Read the District Court Decisionpdf

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6 Responses to Supreme Court Ends The George W. Bush Livestock Grazing Regulations Once and For All

  1. Mike says:

    Bravo Western Watersheds Project!!!!

    • Jerry Black says:

      Thanks WWP…Keep it up….you seem to be one of the only “conservation” groups with some fight left in you.

  2. Rita K. Sharpe says:

    Thank you,WWP.

  3. It is great that there is sometimes GOOD news on this blog.

  4. Kayla says:

    This Is Great News …. Woohoo!!!

  5. David says:

    The picture of the well density near Pinedale is amazing. The gas industry is doing that here in Pennsylvania, also spending millions advertising how wonderful it is… and succeding. Our governor is deeply in there pockets, and they have succesfully bought the politicians. Very sad, ya just dont know what the long term consequences will be to our water and forests. Dave


October 2011


‎"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