January 28, 1999 – The Center filed a petition to list the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
March 2001 – The Center filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to protect the checkerspot. After issuing a positive initial finding in 1999, the agency had refused to take further action and later issued a moratorium on new additions to the endangered species list.
September 6, 2001 – In response to the Center’s March 2001 lawsuit, the Service issued a proposed rule to list the checkerspot butterfly as endangered and proposed to designate the butterfly’s entire habitat as critical habitat.
November 8, 2004 – The Service withdrew its 2001 listing proposal, claiming that threats to the species had been reduced.
July 2, 2007 – The Center and Forest Guardians petitioned the Service a second time to protect the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. The petition also requested emergency protection in response to a plan by Otero County to spray pesticides throughout the majority of the butterfly’s private-lands habitat.
January 7, 2008 – The Center and Forest Guardians filed suit against the Service over the agency’s failure to protect the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly.
April 15, 2008 – The Service and the Center reached a settlement requiring the agency to make a decision, by late November 2008, on our 2007 petition to list the Sacramento Mountains checkerspot butterfly under the Endangered Species Act.
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