California BLM FOIA
Western Watersheds Project v. BLM, et al.
After we filed this case, BLM finally produced the requested documents in late 2013. Having received the requested information, we were able to reach a settlement with BLM in late February 2014.
This case challenges BLM’s failure to fully respond to several Freedom of Information Act requests that have been pending for over two and a half years. Client Western Watersheds Project requested information through FOIA about the formulation of three California BLM Resource Management Plans, in important areas home to Greater sage-grouse.
FOIA is a critical tool to allow watchdog groups to monitor the actions of federal land management agencies, and sometimes, when agencies drag their feet for such a prolonged length of time, it takes court action to let the sunshine in.