Conservation Groups Settle ESA Litigation Over Livestock Grazing in Conservation Area

A federal judge approved an agreement which settles Endangered Species Act (ESA) litigation brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society against the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, challenging the approval of livestock grazing in critical habitat for protected species. The terms of the agreement will protect critical habitat for threatened and endangered species from cattle grazing in southeastern Arizona’s Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area.