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

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


  1. Mike Avatar

    Bravo Western Watersheds Project!!!!

    1. Jerry Black Avatar
      Jerry Black

      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 Avatar
    Rita K. Sharpe

    Thank you,WWP.

  3. Linda Jo Hunter Avatar

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

  4. Kayla Avatar

    This Is Great News …. Woohoo!!!

  5. David Avatar

    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

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