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Archived: Access to Federal Land Legal Cases

Since its creation in 1977, MSLF has been the Nation's leading legal center defending the rights of all Americans to make use of the one-third of the nation that is owned by the federal government. By law, much of the Nation's federal land is available for multiple uses, including recreation, as well as mining, oil and gas development, forestry, ranching, and other activities. MSLF seeks, by its legal efforts, to ensure the continuation of these activities on federal lands and has established a number of vitally important precedents by its litigation.

  • In Re Montana Wilderness Association

    Whether all existing uses, including livestock grazing, oil and gas development, and commercial and private recreation, should continue within the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument?
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  • Western Watersheds Project v. U.S. Forest Service

    Whether the U.S. Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by relying on a categorical exclusion established by Congress in reauthorizing grazing permits on land managed by the Forest Service?
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  • Wyoming v. U.S. Department of the Interior

    Whether the federal government may ignore its non-discretionary duties under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which failure to act harms the various resources and interests in the public lands and private property rights?
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