9th Circ. Scraps Northwest Land Deal Over Wildlife Concerns

Law360, San Francisco (April 25, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday reversed a consent decree between environmental groups and government agencies over a Pacific Northwest land use policy, finding that a Washington federal court was wrong to approve a decree that unlawfully amends how the policy protects 400 rare species.

The appeals court remanded to the district court the consent decree between Conservation Northwest and other environmental groups and the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Fish and Wildlife Service. According to the opinion, the agreement wrongly allowed changes to...
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