October 15, 2007 – The Center filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the ashy storm petrel under the Endangered Species Act, a move that would also enhance the health of California’s coastal ecosystem as a whole.
March 31, 2008 – The Center filed a notice of intent to sue the Service for missing the initial determination deadline on the listing petition for the ashy storm petrel.
May 15, 2008 – The Service announced it was launching a full review of the bird’s status to determine whether it warrants federal protection.
April 1, 2009 – The Center filed suit against the Service for illegally delaying protection of the ashy storm petrel under the Endangered Species Act.
July 2, 2009 – A federal judge approved a settlement between the Center and the Service setting a deadline of August 12, 2009 — nearly 10 months after the deadline required by the Endangered Species Act — for the agency to determine whether the ashy storm petrel should be federally protected.
August 18, 2009 – The Fish and Wildlife Service announced it would deny Endangered Species Act protections to the ashy storm petrel.
June 30, 2010 – The Center officially notified the Department of the Interior of its intent to sue over the Department’s illegal denial of Endangered Species Act protections for the ashy storm petrel.
October 27, 2010 – The Center filed suit challenging the Interior Department’s denial of Endangered Species Act protection for the ashy storm petrel.
July 12, 2011 – The Center reached a landmark agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Service compelling the agency to move forward in the protection process for 757 species, including the ashy storm petrel.
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