Property Rights

Another ESA Success Evokes Howls of Protest from Wolf Recovery Deniers

Instead of applauding yet another success of the Endangered Species Act in providing for the recovery of the previously threatened Gray Wolf population in the lower-48 states, many environmental organizations and tribes are decrying the delisting of the species. On Thursday, U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the delisting of the species, calling it a…

Wohlgemuth Welcomes a New Constitutionalist to the Supreme Court

We at Mountain States Legal Foundation could not be more pleased to celebrate the confirmation and swearing in of Justice Amy Coney Barrett.  At Mountain States we spend our days before the courts of this country. Which is why we recently commented that our hope for a Justice Barrett, is not that the Court will make conservative policy, but that the Court will…

The Litigator

A Brush with Death

Green extremists worked to destroy my family’s ranch. And a potentially deadly act of mechanical sabotage remains unexplained.

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…

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…

A Sobering Moment for the Second Amendment

Second Amendment supporters were shocked this month when the Supreme Court dismissed all 10 gunowners’ rights cases that were pending, thereby denying all 10 cases a hearing. Earlier this year, gun owners achieved a partial victory at the Supreme Court in a battle against New York City’s unconstitutional carry restrictions. MSLF submitted a brief in that…