PAN Files Restraining Order Against USFS

In an effort to keep the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) from fencing off riparian areas in the Lincoln and Santa Fe National Forests, the Sierra County based non-profit dedicated to pushing back on government overreach, Protect Americans Now (PAN), joined in filing a motion for a temporary restraining order in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque earlier this week.
Ranchers were suddenly fenced off from permitted grazing lands by USFS officials after the June endangered species listing of the Meadow Jumping Mouse. The fencing is intended to protect “occupied habitat” for the mouse, but the plaintiffs claim there has been no environmental review as required by the National Environ-mental Policy Act.
The agency claims that under the Endangered Species Act…