California BLM FOIA

California BLM FOIA

Current Status:

Case Title:
Western Watersheds Project v. BLM, et al.


Western Watersheds Project

To Protect:

Greater sage-grouse, transparency



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.

Case Information:

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.