(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.
For many years now, agriculture has gone out of its way to safeguard the health of the nation’s beneficial insects such as the honey bee. However, some industry insiders warn that protecting the monarch butterfly is equally important. Read moreRead More »
Court will hold oral arguments on March 6 on whether the EPA violated the Endangered Species Act in approving a pesticide. The eventual decision will set the stage for a suite of similar pesticide challenges and answer pivotal legal venue questions. Read moreRead More »