Description: Lawsuit challenging federal defendants’ failures to take actions to protect the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/13/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Conservation Groups Sought Protections for Endangered New Mexico Meadow Jumping Mouse. Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon Society filed a lawsuit challenging federal defendants’ failures to take actions to protect the endangered New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. The complaint alleged that a 2014 Species Special Assessment Report identified sources of habitat loss for the jumping mouse that included drought and wildfires, both exacerbated by climate change. In correspondence to the plaintiffs, the U.S. Forest Service declined to reinitiate consultation under the Endangered Species Act concerning the impacts of the ongoing implementation of the Land Management Plan (LMP) for the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest on the jumping mouse. The Forest Service indicated that effects of climate change and other effects were part of the baseline for the LMP, not the result of the LMP. The complaint asserted violations of the Endangered Species Act and the National Forest Management Act.