Sarah Stauffer Curtiss

Sarah Stauffer Curtiss

Sarah Stauffer Curtiss focuses her practice on land use, permitting, natural resources and development. She helps clients in the Western United States secure state and federal environmental and land use approvals, and advises those clients on permitting and compliance issues involving federal environmental laws, such as the Endangered Species Act, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as various state natural resource and land use laws.

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Sage Grouse Update: BLM Issues Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on Proposed Withdrawal of 10 Million Acres

On the last business day of 2016 the BLM released the DEIS on its proposed 20-year withdrawal of approximately 10 million acres of “sagebrush focal areas” (SFAs) in six western states from mineral location and entry under the General Mining Law.  At the same time, the BLM temporarily “segregated” almost 400,000 more acres in Nevada … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Determines Protection for Greater Sage-Grouse No Longer Warranted

In a speech at the Rocky Mountain National Wildlife Refuge, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will not list the greater sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Finding that protection under the ESA is no longer warranted due to an “unprecedented conservation partnership,” the USFWS announced that it was … Continue Reading