A federal judge has rejected environmentalists’ arguments that grazing along Oregon’s Sprague and Sycan rivers unlawfully harms bull trout habitat where the fish doesn’t live.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke has held that grazing plans for 10 federal land allotments comply with the Endangered Species Act and other environmental laws.
Once again, so-called "environmental" groups who in reality do nothing more than file lawsuits rather than actually doing anything to preserve the environment that they profess to be so concerned about went to court to waste taxpayer dollars on a frivolous lawsuit that was intended only to cause economic harm to others. Plaintiffs were, of course, the Usual Suspects:
Last year, Oregon Wild, Friends of Living Oregon Waters and the Western Watersheds Project filed a complaint against the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approving the grazing plans in the Fremont-Winema National Forest.
The plaintiffs argued that bull trout, a federally protected threatened species, wasn’t occupying its “critical habitat” in the area due to degradation caused by grazing.
This is yet another reason why it's stupid to donate to these organizations, as all they do is seek to make money from endless litigation. They don't do one darned thing to actively work on their so-called "environmental concerns", unlike organizations such as The Nature Conservancy - TNC actually have biologists and ecologists who identify and study properties that may be at risk of environmental harm, and then they purchase those properties from willing sellers for long-term preservation. Unlike "Oregon Wild" and the others, they don't waste taxpayer dollars filing lawsuit after lawsuit in hopes of winning one in order to recoup legal fees, court costs, and "punitive damages" (that go into the pockets of management); TNC actually spends to acquire lands that they believe are worthy of protection - and when it comes to public lands, they work with the various agencies rather than file lawsuits against them. And you can visit places such as the Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena (in the Columbia River Gorge) and Camassia Natural Area in West Linn, along with many others.
If you want to do some real good, do not contribute to the serial litigation organizations such as "Oregon Wild" and similar organizations; send your contributions instead to organizations like The Nature Conservancy.