Your cattle ranch has been in your family for generations. Each summer you transport your cattle to summer pasture near Henry’s Lake, where they can get fat on grass growing on land owned by the U.S. Forest Service. Your family has had grazing rights on this land since your grandfather’s time. The Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Government (the Department of Agriculture, specifically). One winter you get a notice from the Forest Service that they have decided to suspend all grazing rights around Henry’s Lake because of the endangered Sandhill Cranes which nest there for the summer. You have no other pasture and you can’t afford to feed the cattle hay all summer. Do you have any options to contest this agency action? What legal standard applies when agency actions are challenged? Who has the final decision?
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