Lilliputian views 9th Circuit decision
'Notices of Intent' filed by placer miners operating on claims within the National Forests held now to be subject to ESA consultation delays
Last updated 6/24/2012 at Noon
The 9th Circuit handed down an en banc ruling on June 1, 2012, counter-posing placer mining on federal claims within the national forest along the Klamath River pursuant to a 36 CFR 228.4 Notice of Intent and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. Karuk Tribe of California v. U. S. Forest Service, No. 05-16801. Unsurprisingly, the majority ruled against the USFS and concomitantly against the...