Lawsuit Filed to Protect North Oregon Coast Red Tree Voles
PORTLAND, Ore.— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging a decision by the Trump administration to deny the north Oregon coast population of red tree voles protection under the Endangered Species Act.
In response to a 2007 petition from the groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found the vole warranted protection in 2011, but that such protection was precluded by listing other species. That determination was repeatedly reaffirmed until 2019, when the Trump administration abruptly reversed course and denied protections.
Red tree voles on Oregon’s north coast have been devastated by logging, wildfires and inadequate protections on state and private lands.Read more.
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