These could all have some implications for national forest management (except I think the last one is just about trees – and climate change).
A federal district court ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue an overdue status report assessing how threatened grizzly bears in the Lower 48 are doing. This resolves one claim in the Center for Biological Diversity’s ongoing lawsuit that challenges the Trump administration’s failure to update the federal recovery plan for grizzly bears.
Environmental groups have sued the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service for producing an inadequate recovery plan for the threatened species. They have directly implicated national forest planning which must “contribute to recovery” of listed species: “You can see where weaker recovery standards are leading to weaker forest plans,” Montgomery said. “It’s not trickling down but is cascading down. It’s really important for recovery plans to be a road map.”
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Endangered Species Act protections for West Coast populations of the Pacific fisher. The move drew criticism from conservation groups that say loopholes allow for continued logging of the fisher’s habitat. “The exemptions to their protection are fuzzier than fishers themselves.”
The yellow cedar, a tree native to Southeast Alaska and culturally significant to Alaska Native communities, was denied protected status under the Endangered Species Act. Warmer temperatures are reducing the amount of snow in areas where the cedar grows and that is leaving the tree’s roots exposed to subzero temperatures, which kills the trees.
WildEarth Guardians filed a suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, challenging its decision not to list the Joshua tree as a threatened species. They claim climate change is the major reason why the tree should be listed.