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May 28, 1992 – The Center and Fund for Animals filed the biggest Endangered Species Act lawsuit in history, suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to list about 500 imperiled species, including the Cook’s lomatium.

May 15, 2000 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed listing the large-flowered woolly meadowfoam and Cook’s lomatium as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

November 7, 2002 – The Service declared the large-flowered woolly meadowfoam and Cook’s lomatium to be endangered. The Service stated that it was currently unable to designate critical habitat for the plants due to funding constraints.

September 22, 2006 – The Service published a draft recovery plan for the large-flowered woolly meadowfoam and Cook’s lomatium.

December 19, 2007 – The Center filed suit to force the Service to designate critical habitat for the large-flowered woolly meadowfoam and Cook's lomatium, as well as challenging illegal critical habitat decisions made for 11 other species.

April 11, 2008 – As a result of a Center lawsuit, the Service finally agreed to designate critical habitat for the large-flowered woolly meadowfoam and Cook’s lomatium. A deadline for the critical habitat proposal was set for July 15, 2009, with the final designation to be made by July 15, 2010.

July 28, 2009 – The Service proposed to protect 7,104 acres of critical habitat for the Cook’s lomatium and 6,327 acres for the large-flowered woolly meadowfoam.

July 21, 2010 – The Service designated 6,289 acres of critical habitat for the Cook’s lomatium and 5,840 acres for the large-flowered woolly meadowfoam.

Photo © Ian Silvernail, Oregon Department of Agriculture