Action timeline

August 2, 1995 – The San Bernardino bluegrass was proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act

September 14, 1998 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially listed the San Bernardino bluegrass as an endangered species.

September 13, 2004 – The Center filed a lawsuit to compel the Bush administration to follow federal law and designate critical habitat for the San Bernardino bluegrass.

August 7, 2007 – More than 3,000 acres of high mountain meadows in San Diego and San Bernardino counties were proposed as critical habitat for the bluegrass.

August 14, 2008 – The Service dealt a big blow to the San Bernardino bluegrass when it issued its final critical habitat designation for the plant, slashing 500 acres of vital habitat from the original proposal.

San Bernardino bluegrass photo by Chelsea Vollmer/USFWS