The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and others have sued the Interior Department, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for authorizing damaging activities in the California Desert Conservation Area––including a vast network of off-road vehicle routes in the West Mojave Desert. The lawsuit alleges that the routes are driving desert tortoises and other threatened and endangered species closer to extinction and destroying these protected public lands. The plaintiffs, who seek injunctive relief to stop the activity, are represented by the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic and CBD.
[To accompany Federal Case Law Update "Environmental Organizations Sue to Protect Endangered Species from Off-Road Vehicles" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 104.]