Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Butterfly Species Near Las Vegas

In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) reached a settlement agreement with environmental groups in which it agreed to make final listing decisions on over 200 species over the next six years. Last month, we noted that the national effects of this settlement agreement had yet to be fully discerned.  (See Signs of Trouble Ahead?)  … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Service Lists 23 Oahu Species and Designates Over 40,000 Acres as Critical Habitat

On September 17, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced (pdf) that it had issued a final rule listing 23 species native to the Hawaiian island of Oahu as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  The species include 20 plants and three damselflies. The rule follows a legal settlement with the Center for … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Service to List Extremeley Rare San Francisco Plant

On September 4, 2012, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will issue a final rule today listing the Franciscan manzanita (Arctostaphylos franciscana) as an endangered species under the Federal Endangered Species Act.  (See article by Peter Fimrite).  The Chronicle also reported that the Service proposes to designate more than 300 acres … Continue Reading

D.C. Circuit Holds that Recovery Plan Objectives are Not Binding on the Services

 In a 2-1 decision (pdf), the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently upheld the decision of the Fish and Wildlife Service to delist the West Virginia northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus). The lower court held that the Service violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) by removing the species … Continue Reading