Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Salazar, Civ. No. 11-647 (M.D. Fla.)

Case Summary:

On behalf of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Florida Biodiversity Project, Sierra Club, South Florida Wildlands Association, and Wilderness Watch, we have challenged the National Park Service’s attempt to introduce hundreds of miles of ORV trails and ORV-assisted hunting into the virtually pristine Addition Lands of Big Cypress National Preserve.  By placing ORV trails in these areas for the first time, NPS will not only alter most of these lands and preclude them from designation as wilderness for the public’s long-term enjoyment, but will also severely degrade natural resources in the Addition Lands – which is one of the most critical parcels of federal land remaining for the highly imperiled Florida panther.

Plaintiffs: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, Florida Biodiversity Project, Sierra Club, South Florida Wildlands Association, and Wilderness Watch

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

Status:

11/03/11 - Complaint was filed