Western Watersheds Project wins a great legal victory for wilderness and endangered fish.
~ Jon Marvel
On July 30th, 2010 Idaho Chief District Judge B. Lynn Winmill issued an Order in Western Watersheds Project‘s favor overturning a Bureau of Land Management decision to build fencing within the Burnt Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) on the Burnt Creek Allotment in central Idaho’s Pahsimeroi River Watershed.
Western Watersheds Project received excellent legal representation in this litigation from Kristin Ruether of Advocates for the West‘s Boise office.
This victory protects wilderness values from the assaults of livestock and livestock management developments.
Flowing through the allotment is Burnt Creek, spawning habitat for bull trout and critical habitat for Chinook salmon and steelhead, all of which are listed as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.
This successful litigation compliments Western Watersheds Project’s ongoing litigation in the Pahsimeroi River Watershed against the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service for their collective failure to protect endangered fish including Chinook salmon, Steelhead, and Bull trout.
Steelhead, Chinook Salmon, and Bull Trout
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Aspen in fall color in the Burnt Creek WSA © Katie Fite, WWP