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A coalition of eight conservation groups filed suit today in federal court to force the Bureau of Land Management to begin controlling runaway abuse of public lands by off-road vehicles (ORVs). The suit seeks to force the BLM to comply with existing laws that require it to control damage by ORVs, and to close to motorized vehicles a number of areas that are proposed wilderness areas, pending development of a designated trail system.
On June 2, 2000, Judge Susan Oki Mollway of Hawai'i's federal district court ordered Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt and Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ("Service") Jamie Clark to designate "critical habitat" for four rare invertebrate species found only in Hawai'i.