Conservation Group Sues FWS for 6-Year Delay in Protecting Habitat for Listed Species

The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) for failing to protect critical habitat for forty-nine endangered Hawaiian Islands species that FWS listed on September 30, 2016. CBD argues that the agency’s six-year delay violates the Endangered Species Act’s “non-discretionary mandate” for concurrent critical habitat designation and puts endangered plants and animals at greater risk of extinction.