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Balancing New Listings Against Critical Habitat

Yesterday, the Center for Biodiversity filed suit in federal court in Riverside (#4) over the designation of critical habitat.

So far, the federal government has not designated critical habitat for the six rare wildflowers (that's an especially attractive flower, isn't it?). The CBD, joined by the California Native Plant Society want habitat designated.

The Interior Department generally prefers to focus it's resources on adding species to the Endangered Species List. But, part of the mandate of the Endangered Species Act requires the designation of critical habitat, and when the Interior Department gets sued over it, it generally loses.

So, we have another lawsuit now to designate habitat the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains.

The CBD and CNPS claim that these flowers appear nowhere else on earth other than right here in our local mountains (I know, it's redundant), and they deserve to be protected with a critical habitat designation. The USFWS wants to move on to new species.

Possible solutions: more money to the USFWS or revamp the law. But it seems a waste to file a suit to force the government to follow the law. Isn't that what it's supposed to do anyway?

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Wednesday, September 15, 2004 at 10:54 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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