Description: Challenge to the U.S. Forest Service’s authorization of the Rio Grande National Forest Land Management Plan and associated actions, focused on impacts to Canada lynx habitat.
Defenders of Wildlife v. U.S. Forest Service
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 11/08/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Challenging Rio Grande National Forest Plan Cited Climate Change Threats to Canada Lynx. A lawsuit filed in the federal district court for the District of Colorado challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s authorization of the Rio Grande National Forest Land Management Plan (Revised Forest Plan) and associated actions. In the lawsuit, Defenders of Wildlife (Defenders) focused on impacts on the Canada lynx, for which the Rio Grande National Forest “provides some of [Colorado’s] most important habitat.” Defenders alleged that the Revised Forest Plan rolled back protections for lynx habitat and that the Forest Service had failed to comply with NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Defenders characterized the lynx in the forest as “in dire straits,” citing climate change as one of the threats, and said protecting lynx in the forest was “essential to arresting” the “alarming trend” toward extirpation in Colorado.