Environmental Policy

New definition of “habitat” is a victory for common sense

Federal wildlife conservation officials are proposing—for the first time—to amend their regulations in order to define what “habitat” means under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”).  MSLF joins the chorus of working Americans who see this as welcome news for a number of reasons.  Despite the predictable outcry from environmental groups, the proposed habitat definition will likely help species conservation.  The…

First They Ignore You . . .

The Ray family received some welcome news last week: their application got denied. Now, I know what you’re thinking; getting a rejection letter is rarely cause for celebration. But for the Rays, this isn’t a setback so much as an opportunity — an opportunity that has, until now, been denied to them.  When the Rays…

Sheep Ranchers Face Extinction At the Hands of Big Green

Denver, Co — July 1, 2020 — Shepherds have herded their flocks on the slopes of southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains since before they became part of the national forest system. Domestic sheep and their wild cousins, the bighorn, safely and amicably shared these vast spaces for a century or more.  Now, however, professional green…