(October 19, 2016) Four conservation groups filed suit today in U.S. District Court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s unexpected decision in April to deny Endangered Species Act protection to Pacific fishers. Closely related to minks, martens and wolverines, Pacific fishers are severely threatened by logging, use of toxic rodenticides by illegal marijuana growers and incidental capture in fur traps. Although the Service proposed federal protection for the fisher in 2014, the agency reversed course and withdrew the proposal in 2016 even though the fisher’s poor status remained largely the same.
Last week, a California federal appeals court issued its long-awaited decision in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) “MEGA” case. Activists first brought this suit in 2009, challenging the registrations of almost 400 pesticide active ingredients. CropLife America (CLA) and other allies joined the case then to defend the Environmental Protection[…]Read More »
Black Warrior Waterdog, an aquatic salamander from the Black Warrior River Basin of Alabama – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued Proposed Rules which would list the species as endangered and designate “… approximately 1,073 river kilometers (669 river miles) in Blount, Cullman, Etowah, Fayette, Jefferson, Lawrence, Marshall,[…]Read More »