January 10, 2024

Conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service today for failing to protect streams in the Cherry River watershed from the harmful effects of coal hauling in the Monongahela National Forest.

June 21, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Biden Administration announced a new slate of proposed regulations regarding implementation of the Endangered Species Act.

February 2, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Conservation and wildlife advocacy groups are celebrating the 50th
anniversary of the passage of the Endangered Species Act this year, commemorating
five decades of effective and crucial protection for imperiled animals and plants.

November 16, 2022

In a major setback for wildlife protection and conservation, a federal district court today sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, delaying the restoration of comprehensive Endangered Species Act protections for hundreds of species and the places they call home. 

September 12, 2022

MISSOULA, MT— Nine conservation organizations filed a lawsuit today to challenge the U.S. Forest Service’s 2021 decision to authorize expanded livestock grazing on six allotments on the east side of Montana’s Paradise Valley. The allotments lie just north of Yellowstone National Park in occupied grizzly bear habitat.

August 25, 2022


SEATTLE-- Today, Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee issued a long-awaited final report evaluating the services of the four lower Snake River dams and their devastating impacts on salmon populations. The report concludes that the current state of salmon recovery projects on the Snake River is unsustainable and will not lead to the recovery of salmon populations, whose numbers have been declining for decades due in large part to the four dams.

August 25, 2022

Helena, MT-- Today, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission met to determine the framework for the 2022-23 wolf hunting and trapping season, including quotas around Yellowstone National Park.

In response, Bonnie Rice, Senior Representative for the Sierra Club in the Yellowstone and Northern Rockies regions, issued the following statement:

July 21, 2022

Today the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources voted out of committee Senator Daines’ bill that would remove requirements under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). S. 2561, ostensibly centered around undoing the Cottonwood Environmental Law Center v. United States Forest Service (Cottonwood) court decision, would eliminate the reinitiation of programmatic consultation with the Forest Service for its land management plans.

July 5, 2022

Today, in a win for wildlife protection and conservation, a federal district court restored comprehensive Endangered Species Act regulatory protections to hundreds of species and the places they call home. The Services filed a voluntary remand motion in December 2021 in response to a lawsuit filed by Earthjustice on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), National Parks Conservation Association, Wild Earth Guardians, and the Humane Society of the United States challenging harmful rules put in place by the Trump administration in 2019. The Services asked to partially rewrite flawed Endangered Species Act (ESA) regulations while keeping them in place during a rulemaking process that could take years to complete. The Court disagreed and vacated the 2019 ESA regulations instead.

June 28, 2022

The House Appropriations Committee today is taking up the FY2023 Interior spending bill. The bill would provide robust funding increases for endangered, threatened, and imperiled species conservation and outdoor access and equity work.

April 7, 2022

Today, the Recovering America's Wildlife Act (RAWA) passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee with a 15-5 vote. This historic bipartisan bill would invest nearly $1.4 billion for states, territories, and Tribes to amplify their work in recovering, conserving, and protecting at-risk wildlife and habitat.

February 10, 2022

A federal district court today struck down a 2020 decision by the US Fish and Wildlife Service that removed federal protections from gray wolves across much of the US The Trump administration delisted the gray wolf after 45 years of protection under the Endangered Species Act despite the strong disagreement from experts who noted that the wolf’s recovery hinged on continued protections. Although President Biden expressed personal concern for wolves, the Biden administration chose to defend the delisting decision.