Description: Lawsuit to compel the designation of critical habitat for 14 species of plants and animals from the island of Hawai‘i that were listed as endangered in 2013.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/25/2020 Settlement Agreement Download Stipulated settlement agreement and order filed. Fish and Wildlife Service Agreed to Schedule for Critical Habitat Determinations for Climate Change-Threatened Hawaiian Species. The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) filed a settlement agreement in federal court in Hawaii pursuant to which the FWS will publish a determination concerning the designation of critical habitat for 14 endangered species by February 28, 2023. CBD filed a lawsuit in October 2019, alleging that the 14 species, which were listed as endangered in 2013, faced serious and ongoing threats, including climate change. CBD asserted that the failure to designate critical habitat constituted agency action “unlawfully withheld or unreasonably delayed.” 10/28/2019 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Asked Court to Require Designation of Critical Habitat for Endangered Hawaiian Plants and Animals. Center for Biological Diversity filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit in federal court in the District of Hawaii seeking to compel the designation of critical habitat for 14 species of plants and animals from the island of Hawai‘i that were listed as endangered in 2013. The complaint alleged that the species were in danger of extinction throughout their range due to serious and ongoing threats including climate change.