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Weyerhaeuser Co. v. US Fish and Wildlife Serv., 17–71

Revived a commercial timber plantation's challenge to the designation of its land as critical habitat for an endangered species of frog, which had not been spotted there for decades. Held that an area is eligible for designation as critical habitat under a provision of the Endangered Species Act only if it is habitat for the species. Also held that the Secretary of the Interior's decision not to exclude an area from critical habitat is subject to judicial review. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the unanimous 8-0 opinion, vacating the decision below and remanding for further proceedings.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/11/27

Judges

  • Roberts

Court

  • United States Supreme Court

Counsel