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2010-05-06 10:42:00

NAPLES, Fla., May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A group of eastern Collier property owners has filed a motion in federal court to intervene in support of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in a recent lawsuit over the designation of critical habitat for the Florida panther. The lawsuit demands the designation of roughly 3 million acres in Southern Florida, about a third of which are private, as critical to the panther's survival. Five environmental groups led by the Conservancy of Southwest...

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2008-10-07 06:30:00

Three conservation groups have reached a settlement with federal officials on polar bear habitat. The agreement could add restrictions to future petroleum exploration or drilling off Alaska's coast; it sets deadlines for the Interior Department secretary to designate "critical habitat" for polar bears. The designation stops federal agencies from doing anything that may "adversely modify" critical habitat that could interfere with polar bear recovery. Those actions could include offshore...

2008-07-21 03:00:00

By Hazlehurst, John Water projects in the West, which typically involve one or more federal agencies, invariably trigger Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The act enjoins such agencies against actions that either "jeopardize" the continued existence of a species or result in the "adverse modification" of its critical habitat. For projects such as the Southern Delivery System, complying with ESA requirements can be legally complex and time-consuming. But fortunately for the...

2008-07-21 03:00:25

By Hazlehurst, John The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was intended to provide a means for the conservation of ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend, to provide conservation programs for those species, and to "achieve the purposes of the treaties and conventions" to which the United States is a party for conserving species facing extinction. But while Arizona lawyer Lisa McKnight's description might seem straightforward enough, during the last 35 years, the ESA...

2008-07-13 09:00:18

By Melissa Mcever, The Brownsville Herald, Texas Jul. 13--They're small birds in big trouble. The piping plover, a squat, sandy-colored bird that spends its winters on the Gulf Coast, is a threatened species in this region, and endangered in its breeding grounds in the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. To prevent the piping plover's further depletion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain tracts of land, including some portions of the Rio Grande...

2008-07-12 12:00:18

By Melissa Mcever, Valley Morning Star, Harlingen, Texas Jul. 12--They're small birds in big trouble. The piping plover, a squat, sandy-colored bird that spends its winters on the Gulf Coast, is a threatened species in this region, and endangered in its breeding grounds in the northern Great Plains, Great Lakes and Atlantic Coast. To prevent the piping plover's further depletion, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has designated certain tracts of land, including some portions of the Rio...

2006-03-09 08:52:52

WASHINGTON -- As a Senate committee prepares to take up revisions to the Endangered Species Act, nearly 6,000 biologists from around the country signed a letter Wednesday urging senators to preserve scientific protections in the landmark law. The House passed an Endangered Species Act rewrite last year that many scientists and environmentalists viewed as extreme. Interest groups are lobbying to ensure that legislation expected soon from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will...

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2005-03-31 07:44:46

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A conservative legal foundation filed twin federal lawsuits Wednesday challenging federal protections for 42 species, 15 of which live only in shallow seasonal pools across much of California and in far southern Oregon. The Pacific Legal Foundation says the critical habitat designations that together cover 1.5 million acres in 42 counties drive up housing costs and taxes and harm private property rights without doing much to save species. The suits, filed...


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