Academic journal article Environmental Law

Review Editor's Note

Academic journal article Environmental Law

Review Editor's Note

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I am pleased to present the 1998 Ninth Circuit Environmental Review, which in one convenient location summarizes the significant cases in environmental, natural resources, and Native American law decided last year by the Ninth Circuit. In addition, the student members of the Review have written in-depth Chapters based on several of the more interesting decisions handed down by the Ninth Circuit during 1998.

As usual, the Chapters written by the members of the Ninth Circuit Environmental Review cover a diverse range of topics. Mr. Nathan Baker discusses the impact of a recent decision holding that routine renewals of federal water delivery contracts constitute "agency action" under the Endangered Species Act. Ms. Susan Jane Brown describes and scrutinizes trends inherent in recent Ninth Circuit decisions involving timber sales in the Pacific Northwest. Two members explore Native American issues. Ms. Mariel Combs examines the Ninth Circuit's resolution of the nature and extent of tribal shellfishing rights as limited by the Shellfish Proviso of the Stevens Treaties. Ms. Regina Cutler discusses the extent to which tribes may assume regulatory authority over nonmembers on reservation lands under section 518 of the Clean Water Act. …

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