Conservation Groups Prevail in Overturning Trump-Era Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

A federal district court restored comprehensive Endangered Species Act regulatory protections to hundreds of species and their critical habitats, denying the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) request for the Trump-era regulations to stand pending further action by the agency. FWS and the Department of the Interior filed a motion to remand in response to a lawsuit brought by Earthjustice on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Parks Conservation Association, WildEarth Guardians, and the Humane Society of the United States challenging harmful rules put in place by the Trump administration in 2019. The court granted the motion to remand, while vacating the existing, flawed regulations that may have taken years to rewrite.