Description: Challenge to the review of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's revised livestock grazing analysis for the Sonoran Desert National Monument Resource Management Plan.
Western Watersheds Project v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/29/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Alleged Failure to Consider Cumulative Climate Change Effects in Grazing Analysis. A lawsuit filed in the federal district court for the District of Arizona alleged that the environmental review for BLM’s revised livestock grazing analysis for the Sonoran Desert National Monument Resource Management Plan failed to address problems with prior analysis identified by the court in an earlier case. The plaintiffs alleged that BLM’s new decision violated the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the National Landscape Conservation System Act, NEPA, and the National Historic Preservation Act. Among the alleged shortcomings in the NEPA review was an alleged failure to analyze how proposed grazing, combined with the impacts of drought, climate change, and other factors would affect the Monument’s biological and cultural objects.