grazing rights

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…

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…

MSLF Granted a “Go” to Intervene On Behalf of Embattled Ranchers

Denver, CO — June 30, 2020 — Mountain States Legal Foundation has been granted the right to intervene on behalf of embattled ranchers in Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt, a case that could decide the future of livestock operations across significant swaths of Arizona and New Mexico.  “Anti-ranching groups for years have been weaponizing the Endangered Species…