Description: Lawsuit challenging BLM’s March 2019 decision to reverse portions of the 2015 conservation plan for the greater sage-grouse in Oregon by closing approximately 22,000 acres to livestock grazing.
Oregon Natural Desert Association v. Hanley
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/27/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Filed Challenging Modification to Greater Sage-Grouse Oregon Conservation Plan. Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's (BLM’s) March 2019 decision “to reverse and abandon” a provision of the 2015 conservation plan for the greater sage-grouse in Oregon by closed approximately 22,000 acres to livestock grazing. The plaintiffs alleged that the “ungrazed areas serve as indispensable control sites to study the effects of grazing—and of not grazing—on unique sagebrush plant communities that are essential to the survival and recovery of the sage-grouse.” They asserted that the amendment to the conservation violated the National Environmental Policy Act by, among other things, failing “to consider the relationship of the plan amendment to global climate change,” including failing to consider effects specific to certain areas that lie within BLM-identified Climate Change Conservation Areas.” The complaint also asserted a violation of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act.