In a victory for property rights, a Louisiana family earlier this month reached a settlement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in which the federal government agreed to drop its efforts to designate “critical habitat” for the dusky gopher frog on their land.
The case began in 2012 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sought to limit development on more than 1,500 acres of the Louisiana family’s land by designating it as a critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog. The action was taken even though the dusky gopher frog had not been seen in Louisiana for more than 50 years.