Summary of Legal Actions

Environmental Council of Sacramento, Friends of the Swainson's Hawk, et al v. Sacramento Local Agency Formation Commission, regarding approval of a flawed EIR and request for expanded SOI by the City of Sacramento to enable develop of the Greenbriar project in the Natomas Basin.

Environmental Council of Sacramento, Friends of the Swainson's Hawk, Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter vs. City of Sacramento, County of Sutter, Sacramento Superior Court, 2003. Court found for defendents, appeal denied.

National Wildlife Federation v. Norton, (Sacramento City and Sutter County EIS and Natomas Basin HCP) 2005 WL2175874 (E.D. Cal, September 7, 2005) Found for defendents.

National Wildlife Federation v. Norton (Metro Airpark EIS and HCP). Court found for defendents.

Friends of the Swainson's Hawk, Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter and Environmental Council of Sacramento vs. Sutter County. Plaintiffs prevailed in litigation against Sutter County for illegal planning methods in their South Sutter County Industrial/Commercial Plan. Attorneys were Don Mooney and Jim Pachl. South Sutter County is part of the Natomas Basin and habitat for species listed under federal and state endangered species acts. The area is allowed 7,500 acres of development under the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan, but at present a specific plan has not been adopted for that growth.
Friends of the Swainson's Hawk vs. City of Davis, 2005. Litigation settled. Covell Village proposed developed lacked adequate Swainson's Hawk mitigation. Covell Village was rejected by voters in November, 2005.

NWF vs. Babbitt. Learn more about the original 1998 Natomas Basin HCP Litigation and our Litigation Partners, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter, Environmental Council of Sacramento, Planning and Conservation League, Mountain Lion Foundation. Read the press release of our Natomas HCP Victory in August, 2000. John Kostyack's review article on the meaning of the opinion in NWF vs. Babbitt. Kostyack was honored by the Environmental Council of Sacramento as an Environmentalist of the Year for 2001. A Description of the Settlement Agreement in May, 2001, with the City of Sacramento. The benefits of the settlement agreement included preserve lands of high habitat value acquired in Sacramento County and protections for the Fisherman's Lake area in Natomas.

To support our litigation program, please contact us by phone regarding where to send your tax deductible donation to Friends of the Swainson's Hawk. [916-447-4956] Legal Counsel to Friends of the Swainson's Hawk is James P. Pachl at 916-446-3978.