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Date: 5/26/2009

Title: PLC Release: Western Resources Legal Center Takes On Sage Grouse Case for PLC

WASHINGTON – The Public Lands Council (PLC) is pleased to announce that the Western Resources Legal Center (WRLC) will be representing them on a case involving the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). 

The Western Resources Legal Center is the nation’s only hands-on training program specializing in legal advocacy for natural resource users.  The center’s primary purpose is to provide law students with an opportunity to develop practical legal skills and specific knowledge of natural resources and environmental laws through the legal representation of natural resource users.

The WRLC will assist PLC to intervene on behalf of BLM on a case brought against BLM by environmental groups. The case challenges BLM range, mineral development, and vegetation treatment decisions in Idaho and Nevada under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and other statutes for failure to adequately consider the impact of these decisions on sage grouse habitat.  

“The Bureau of Land Management is tasked with meeting its responsibilities to wildlife while still supporting ranching,” says Jeff Eisenberg, Executive Director of PLC. “Their decisions on the sage grouse habitat reflect that dual priority. If these decisions are overturned, it could harm Western ranchers and their ability to raise cattle for our nation.”

“This case affects millions of acres of land and many ranching families in Idaho and Nevada,” says Caroline Lobdell, Executive Director of WRLC. “Not only is it an important case, but it also gives our students critical experience in federal land management decisions  under conventional environmental statutes, and more obscure provisions such as appropriation riders.”  

“We are very excited to have WRLC on our case,” says Eisenberg. “Their assistance will be crucial in securing a favorable decision for America’s farmers and ranchers.”

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