Judge takes slickspot peppergrass off threatened list again

A US. Federal District Court judge in Boise today ruled that the federal government erred when it listed Slickspot peppergrass as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. District Judge Candy W. Dale wrote: “Without a properly calibrated definition… Plaintiffs’ concern that the species will be perpetually listed is well founded.”

Her decision vacates the ESA listing and requires that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to again reevaluate according to the court’s instructions.

“I am encouraged that the Court agreed with my argument that the federal government’s decision, to list the species was flawed under the ESA,” Gov Butch Otter said.

Scientists concluded that grazing on public lands is low on the list of threats to the annual flowering bush that grows in wet areas of Southwest Idaho’s sagebrush steppe desert. Yet its listing will have more impact on ranchers on public lands than any other group.

It has been the center of a legal and political fight since 2003.

Thank

God, Allah, Budda, etc:. For the first time in years, I will now get a decent nights sleep, not having to worry about peppergrass survival.

Don't worry, the roaches have protected it all along.

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Omygosh...

A hundred enviro-lawyers could lose their jobs if they remove this from the threatened species list. But maybe this could be a good thing for them, another ten years of lawsuits.

Slow day in suburbia, ain't it?

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Otter and the Cowboys

I would like to see the Governor support the environment rather than the cowboys one time.

Rocky, could explain this statement:

"Scientists concluded that grazing on public lands is low on the list of threats to the annual flowering bush that grows in wet areas of Southwest Idaho’s sagebrush steppe desert. Yet its listing will have more impact on ranchers on public lands than any other group."

As far as I can tell, the pepper grass had NO effect on public lands ranching while it was listed. What are you referring to in your statement?

Fair enough

I was talking about the future but since it's no longer listed that is moot.

Wrongo Rocko

The Rock writes, "the annual flowering bush"

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"annual and biennial (Meyer et al., 2005). ... White and Robertson (unpublished data) identify a third, albeit uncommon, life cycle"

This is COMMON reference for both annual and biannual anywhere the plant is described.

Secondly, find anywhere in the botany world that is called "a bush".

Western Watershed even calls it "a flower".

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Once again! Don't trust what you read in this blog.

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An environmental writer?

I refuse to even consider that you might be an English teacher.

More like jilted or whatever.

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