“KT” has written a lot on this blog about about cows, slickspot peppergrass, and Idaho politicians lapping up the political cream. It is hardly surprising that former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne’s US Fish and Wildlife Service is not willing to list this Idaho native plant, so the Idaho-founded WWP is going to sue the Service.
Who would have thought that Idaho issues like species reintroductions, peppergrass, and dam-blocked salmon would have been so moved onto the national political arena by the appointment of the outdoors indifferent Kempthorne?
WESTERN WATERSHEDS PROJECT
Todd Tucci, Advocates for the West (208-342-7024)
Jon Marvel, Western Watersheds Project (208-788-2290)
Katie Fite, Western Watersheds Project (208-429-1679)
WESTERN WATERSHEDS PROJECT FILES LITIGATION TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SLICKSPOT PEPPERGRASS IN SOUTHWEST IDAHO
On Friday April 6, 2007 Western Watersheds filed litigation in federal district court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its continued refusal to protect Slickspot peppergrass – a rare desert flower found only in southern Idaho – under the Endangered Species Act.
“At the end of the day, we want to see science – and not politics – control the Service’s listing decisions,” said Todd C. Tucci, attorney for Advocates for the West who represents Western Watersheds. “Unfortunately, Secretary Kempthorne has proven as incapable of faithfully applying the ESA as his predecessor.” Read the rest of this entry »