Facing the Behemoth: Gorsuch's Implications for Environmental Law

February 28, 2017
James M. McClammer
The Legal Intelligencer

An avid fly-fisher born in Colorado to the first female administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch has clear connections to the world of environmental law. Indeed, in the opening line of Scherer v. United States Forest Service, 653 F.3d 1241 (10th Cir. 2011), which affirmed the right of the U.S. Forest Service to charge visitors the right to access Mt. Evans in Colorado, Gorsuch declared that “everyone enjoys a trip to the mountains in the summertime.”  While Gorsuch’s confirmation is far from certain given the current political climate, he has been widely praised by both conservatives and liberals as an independent thinker with clearly written opinions that draw in readers with their narrative style and wit.  

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