Natural Resources

A key component of business strategy often includes the use of private and public lands. At Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, we are leaders in assisting companies, entities and others manage and strategize the compliance and other issues related to land use and natural resources. These services include:

  • Public lands (BLM and US Forest Service)
  • Esements, rights-of-ways, permits and land exchanges,
  • Resource Management Plan (RMP) Revision Processes;
  • NEPA compliance and EIS preparation.
  • Endangered Species Act - species protection plan and species conservation plan development, critical habitat.

Other areas in our area of expertise includes the Wild and Scenic River Act--river and stream segment designation and regulation--as well as Fish and Wildlife Protection (Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act) and State Wildlife Regulations of hunting and fishing.

In addition, we have handled litigation involving a variety of natural resource issues in both federal and state courts, including appeals of timber sales, mining claim disputes, lawsuits relating to endangered species, and litigation on the adequacy of NEPA compliance. We work with clients on 404 permitting issues and all other matters related to public lands.

Natural Resources Defense Practice:

Ryley Carlock attorneys have been practicing in the environmental arena for over 30 years. That experience, plus the firm's 60-year track record of success in complex litigation, enables the firm to provide a vast depth of expertise in defending natural resource damage claims for large companies across the United States.

Our experience includes both multi-party, multi-location cases, as well as single state, single trustee - single site cases. We coordinate settlement and federal/state interaction for clients and have worked on natural resource damage claims involving federal and state trustees. We have become very familiar with and regularly tackle issues such as large scale document review and due diligence, damage estimates, reclamation and restitution, mitigation alternatives and statutes of limitation. The combination of our water law expertise, litigation capabilities, mining law expertise and records and document review (e-discovery), ideally positions the firm to assist clients facing NRD challenges .  

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