Federal Court Finds FWS Improperly Failed to Designate Critical Habitat for Endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebees

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted summary judgment in favor of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Biological Diversity, and Friends of Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas in their challenge to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s (FWS) 2020 decision to not designate critical habitat for the rusty patched bumblebee after listing the species as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The court found that FWS had applied the incorrect legal standard in its refusal to designate critical habitat. The court vacated and remanded the decision to FWS.