Defenders of Wildlife v. Salazar, 877 F. Supp. 2d 1271 (M.D. Fla. 2012)

Case Summary:

On behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, the Florida Biodiversity Project, The Wilderness Society, The Humane Society of the United States, Wildlands CPR, Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association and others, we have challenged the National Park Service's attempt to reopen certain environmentally sensitive areas of Big Cypress National Preserve to ORV use. These areas, which include important Florida Panther habitat, had previously been closed pursuant to the ORV management plan that NPS issued as a result of the parties' previous settlement agreement. In July 2012, the court ruled in plaintiffs’ favor on all claims, and ordered the Park Service to close the trails until and unless appropriate environmental review is conducted.

Plaintiffs: Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, The Humane Society of the United States, National Parks Conservation Association, The Florida Biodiversity Project, The Wilderness Society, Wildlands CPR, and Brian Scherf

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Status:

12/21/07 - Complaint filed

11/07/08 - Administrative Record is filed