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Riverside County Farm Bureau is Proud to Announce
2017 - 2018 RCFB President

Richard A. Schmid

L-R: 2006 - 2012 Past President Grant Chaffin and President Richard A. Schmid.

Riverside County Farm Bureau is Proud to Announce
The Howie Award Recipients of 2017

Steven A. Pastor


We need all Crimes and Suspicious Activity Reported
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department encourages all citizens to report any criminal or suspicious activity against agriculture to them as soon as possible. The numbers below are good throughout the county.
  • Emergencies or suspicious activity: Dial 9-1-1.
  • Non-emergency: Dial 760.836.3215, use option 5 for the operator. Request a Telephonic Reporting Unit (TRU) report. This system can be used to report minor incidents and/or thefts.
  • Online Reporting: www.riversidesheriff.org. Go to the “Crime Watch” setting and select “Submit a Crime Report.” Complete the form and press “Submit.”


For Release: August 18, 2010
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Finds Stephens' Kangaroo Rat Still Endangered

Carlsbad, Calif. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today it
has completed a 12-month finding on a petition to delist Stephens' kangaroo
rat (Dipodomys stephensi). After a review of the best available scientific
and commercial information, we find that delisting the Stephens' kangaroo
rat is not warranted at this time.

The 12-month finding can be viewed online today at the Federal Register
Public Inspection Page. It will also be posted on www.regulations.gov, as
Docket Number FWS-R8-ES-2010-0052.

The status review was initiated after the Service received two petitions to
delist the species. The first petition was submitted in 1995, followed by a
second petition in 2002. Both petitions included assertions that the
discovery of new populations of the Stephens' kangaroo rat and the
completion of several Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP) indicate the species
no longer needs protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Although the intensity and magnitude of habitat loss from development has
greatly diminished through implementation of HCPs, there are additional
populations of the species that are not conserved and remain at risk.

Intensive management of some of the reserve areas that support populations
of the Stephens' kangaroo rat is needed to maintain the habitat for the
species. However, recent surveys on some of these reserve areas indicate
the amount of occupied habitat has decreased over time. This may indicate
current management strategies are not adequate and further monitoring is
needed to evaluate the effectiveness of the ongoing conservation efforts.

Stephens' kangaroo rats are nocturnal, burrow-dwellers that feed primarily
on seeds. This species has a relatively large head with external fur-lined
cheek pouches that it uses to transport seeds to safe caches. Stephens'
kangaroo rats have large, elongated hind legs used for jumping. They are
currently known to exist in portions of western Riverside County, and parts
of northern and central San Diego County.

- FWS -

Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office
6010 Hidden Valley Road, Suite 101
Carlsbad, California 92011
Phone: 760/431-9440
Fax: 760/431-9624

PLF and Riverside County Farm Bureau sue to force action on kangaroo rat delisting petitions

SACRAMENTO, CA; December 14, 2009:  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must stop dragging its feet and issue a delisting decision in response to petitions from the Riverside County Farm Bureau to remove the Stephens kangaroo rat (SKR) from listing under the Endangered Species Act.

So argues a lawsuit filed in federal court today by attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation, representing the Riverside County Farm Bureau.

PLF is the nation’s leading legal watchdog for property rights and a balanced approach to environmental regulations.

"For 14 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been disobeying the legal deadline for properly responding to the Riverside County Farm Bureau’s petition to delist the SKR," said PLF attorney Damien Schiff. "Today we are asking a federal court to order the agency to get off the dime, obey the law, and issue a decision on SKR delisting." The case is Riverside County Farm Bureau v. Salazar. The complaint and the 1995 delisting petition is available on PLF’s Web site.

Nearly 15 years of federal foot-dragging

The Stephens kangaroo rat was added to the Endangered Species Act list in 1988. The Farm Bureau argues that the information gathered by the FWS to place the SKR on the endangered list significantly overestimated the threats to the SKR’s survival and significantly underestimated habitat available for the SKR. The Farm Bureau’s first petition to delist the SKR was submitted on May 1, 1995. Under the ESA, the agency had 90 days to determine whether the petition had merit, but the FWS never responded to the Farm Bureau’s petition.
On February 25, 2002, the Farm Bureau submitted a second petition to the FWS to delist the SKR.

Although the FWS responded with a determination that the delisting of the SKR might be warranted by the science, it has not followed through on its legal obligation to issue a final "determination," or ruling, on delisting.

"The Farm Bureau’s Board of Directors believes it has given the FWS ample time to do its studies and determine if the Stephens kangaroo rat should or should not remain on the Endangered List," said Steve Pastor, executive director of the Riverside County Farm Bureau. "It is now time to settle this question through the court system."

The historic range of the Stephens kangaroo rat includes western Riverside County, southwestern San Bernardino County, and parts of northern and central San Diego County.

The listing’s harm to property owners

The continued listing of SKR is being challenged because it is scientifically dubious and because the listing has led to significant restrictions on private property. For instance, to protect the SKR, government officials began restricting brush-clearing by farmers and ranchers. In 1993, after these prohibitions were implemented, intense brush fires destroyed several homes.

Pacific Legal Foundation is well-versed in litigation to compel federal environmental officials to stop stalling on delisting actions. For instance, PLF attorneys won the lawsuit that forced the Fish and Wildlife Service to cease delaying and remove the bald eagle from the Endangered Species Act list.

Summary: PLF and Riverside County Farm Bureau sue to force the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to act on Stephens kangaroo rat delisting petitions. The case is Riverside County Farm Bureau v. Salazar. The complaint and the 1995 delisting petition is available at PLF’s Web site.

About Pacific Legal Foundation
Pacific Legal Foundation is the oldest and most successful public interest legal organization that litigates nationwide for limited government, property rights, and a balanced approach to environmental regulation.

A brief video about PLF’s history and mission, including comments by former U.S. Attorney General Edwin J. Meese III, can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnBSlRQwxKU.


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