SMW and its client Endangered Habitats League scores a major victory in 2020 in its battle to save the Proctor Valley in San Diego County. The Wildlife Conservation Board voted down a proposal to convey a 220-acre state ecological reserve to a private developer as part of a 1,200-unit upscale housing project. Read more here: […]
The firm successfully challenges San Diego County’s 2019 approval of the Harmony Grove Village South Project, which would have brought sprawl development to a fire-prone, rural area of the County. Photo by ClassicallyPrinted, Pixabay.
The firm prevails in a landmark case to enforce a conservation easement protecting sensitive lands in Bennett Valley (Sonoma County) on behalf of the Sonoma Land Trust. After a 19-day trial, the court orders the violators to pay to restore the property. (Sonoma Land Trust v. Thompson.) Image by SMW
After assisting the Tri-Valley Conservancy (TVC) in 2009 in acquiring a key linkage between Del Valle State Park and Sycamore Grove Park in Livermore, the firm advises TVC in 2019 with funding, contracting, and construction of a bridge crossing to provide critical and accessible outdoor recreational opportunities to Livermore and Alameda County residents.
The firm provides ongoing advice to California Trout regarding compliance with public contracting and labor and wage laws for state-funded restoration projects.
In 2019 the firm drafts and helps secure passage of state legislation enabling public agencies to acquire threatened lands and prepare an environmental review for restoration efforts after first protecting the land from development. Image by West Marin Environmental Action Committee from “Parks Are For Everyone.”
The firm works with the Peninsula Open Space Trust, the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, and the City of San Jose to preserve 937 acres in Coyote Valley for wildlife and open space in 2019. SMW partners Bill White, Tamara Galanter, and Sara Clark receive the 2020 California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year (CLAY) […]
The firm successfully represented the Cleveland National Forest Foundation in challenging San Diego County’s approval of a residential subdivision on ranchland protected under the Williamson Act. The Court of Appeal held that such projects are permissible only where homes would support the land’s agricultural use. Photo: Image by PublicDomainImages from Pixabay.
From 2017-2020, firm partner Tamara Galanter serves on the Land Trust Alliance Conservation Defense Advisory Council, working on land conservation issues at the national level. Photo: Image by the Land Trust Alliance.