A California Court of Appeal has ruled that bumblebees are eligible for protection as threatened or endangered “fish” under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The opinion reversed the trial court’s ruling in favor of Western Growers and six other agricultural groups. The trial court had concluded that the CESA, which extends to fish, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and plants does not extend to insects.

Jason Resnick

On July 25, 2018, the U.S. Interior and Commerce Departments announced proposed regulatory changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). They will be accepting public comments on the proposed regulations until September 24, 2018. The ESA has not seen major updates in over 30 years and now is the time to engage in this important discussion.

Dennis Nuxoll

Western Growers recently filed an amicus brief in support of petitioners in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an Endangered Species Act case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court. Petitioners challenge a final rule issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designating critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog, which was upheld by a divided panel (voting 2-1) of the United States Court of Appeals for the Firth Circuit. The gopher frog is endemic to areas of Mississippi and Louisiana.

Jason Resnick


Endangered Species

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