Helicopter Data

The Ninth Circuit narrowed an injunction granted in favor of Wilderness Watch, which ordered the “non-use and destruction” of data gathered from elk and wolves during a helicopter operation in the Frank Church–River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho. The circuit court found the order improperly imposed a delay on all future similar helicopter-assisted projects and should be applied only to projects in the wilderness area at issue.

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Louisiana Pelicans Recover, Along With Their Island

Nearly wiped out by agricultural pesticides in the 1950s, Louisiana’s state bird the brown pelican has made a tremendous comeback. Now, thanks to 150,000 cubic yards of Mississippi River sand and help from $18.7 million of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement for the catastrophic oil spill a decade ago, one of the pelicans’ essential nesting grounds is also coming back.

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