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Cherise Gaffney is a partner in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources practice group. She advises clients on federal natural resources law in complex permitting and compliance matters. Representative clients include developers and owners of hydropower dams, offshore wind developers, oil and gas terminals and refineries, and wave and tidal energy projects.

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) (together, the “Services”) have released three final rules related to implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The rules are available on USFWS’s website and are expected to be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

The Services have