Save the Vetch! Enviro Groups File Bevy of Endangered Species Suits

Astragalus magdalenae var. peirsonii.jpgAs George W. Bush and his James Watt-like environmental personnel exit, stage right, San Francisco environmentalists have fired a salvo of lawsuits aimed to hit their posteriors on the way out.

Last week, Lisa Belenky, a San Francisco staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, filed a trio of lawsuits in local district court, part of a barrage of seven suits from the CBD and its legal allies regarding 19 endangered plants and animals.

Among many other complaints, the CBD charges the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne with falling down on the job in efforts to protect the San Bernadino kangaroo rat and the Pierson's milk-vetch (pictured), a diminutive plant found in the deserts of Southern California -- with a name that's strangely pleasing to the ear.

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