FWS Says Condors Can't Be Protected As Cultural Property

Law360 (July 10, 2019, 6:40 PM EDT) -- The U.S. government has urged a California federal court to toss a suit from Native American and environmental activists over a development on a ranch property they claim will harm critically endangered California condors, arguing Tuesday that there is no evidence the plan would impact tribal cultural traditions tied to the bird.

The challenged plan authorizes a luxury resort development in a portion of Tejon Ranch, a large area of private land northwest of Los Angeles that is a designated habitat for condors and a culturally significant site for local tribes.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the Tehachapi Uplands...

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Other Statutes: Administrative Procedures Act/Review or Appeal of Agency Decision


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April 25, 2019

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