Ortale Kelley Attorney, Austin Warehime, Initiates Proceedings Against the State, TWRA, TWF, and Bridgestone for Violations of the Endangered Species Act

Attorney Austin Warehime began the process of bringing an Endangered Species Act claim against the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, and Bridgestone. Attorney Warehime sent a 60-day intent to sue letter to each of the parties describing the alleged violations. The action will seek to prevent the parties from pushing forward with a plan to clear cut 2,000 acres of hardwood trees in the Bridgestone Firestone Centennial Wilderness Wildlife Management Area. The restrictive covenants associated with the property describe that at least 11 endangered species called the Wilderness home at the time the land was gifted to the State. Attorney Warehime and his client will now move forward to prevent what the letter calls, “one of the most destructive, human led, natural disasters in the history of this State.”

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