Description: Challenge to the revision of the Flathead National Forest Land Management Plan in northwestern Montana, including for failing to consider or account for impacts of climate change on grizzly bears.
WildEarth Guardians v. Steele
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 06/24/2021 Opinion and Order Download Parties' motions for summary judgment granted in part and denied in part and provisions of the 2017 BiOp that violated the Endangered Species Act remanded without vacatur. Federal Court Kept Forest Plan in Place but Remanded for More Consideration of Grizzly Bear Impacts and Other Issues. The federal district court for the District of Montana largely rejected challenges to federal approvals of revisions to the Flathead National Forest Land Management Plan in northwestern Montana but remanded without vacatur for additional analysis of certain issues under the Endangered Species Act. Those issues included the revised plan’s impact on the national grizzly bear population. The opinion did not specifically address the plaintiffs’ allegations that the federal defendants failed to account for climate change impacts on grizzly bears. 07/30/2020 Complaint Download Second amended complaint filed. 08/07/2019 Complaint Download First amended complaint filed.