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The Supremes and the dusky gopher frog

Posted on December 7, 2018
On November 27, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of property owners who opposed a Federal government designation of their land as a critical habitat for the endangered dusky gopher frog. (For more on the opinion, click here for The Washington Post’s coverage.) Our colleague Bill Hartwig, who was Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System at the U.S...

Remembering the late Capt. Charles Harris and events in northeast France 100 years ago

Posted on November 8, 2018
On 20 October 2018, a 100-year commemorative event was held in honor of U.S Army Captain Charles D. Harris and the 6th Engineers of the 3d Division in northeastern France. The event marked two weeks of fighting during General John J...

Al Gore, humorist

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With the election season over, a bit of humor might be an appropriate balm to all the acrimony from the past several weeks. Thirty years ago today was Election Day and I was on a flight from Washington to Houston as part of a White House staff migration to watch returns with then-Vice President George H.W...

Understanding the new Corps of Engineers policy on mitigation credits and structure removal

Posted on October 17, 2018
Recently, the Army Corps of Engineers issued guidance titled “Determination of Compensatory Mitigation Credits for the Removal of Obsolete Dams and Other Structures from Rivers and Streams.”  Ariel Wittenberg at E&E News has good coverage of the announcement. This guidance should be applauded by taxpayers, developers, and environmentalists alike. ..

Avoiding the traps on Endangered Species Act reform

Posted on September 23, 2018
Last month, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that the department was planning significant changes in how it would administer the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The goal, he said, was to encourage “collaborative conservation” and “flexibility to incorporate innovation.” As he wrote in The Washington Post: It may surprise most Americans… that the highest level of protection is often applied, regardless of the classification, through application of a ‘blanket rule.’ The use of this rule by the U.S...

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