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Judge puts endangered species agreement on hold

A federal judge on Tuesday put a hold on an agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and an environmental group that would have removed the perpetual log jam that hinders protection for threatened and endangered species.

U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan stayed the agreement made last week between WildEarth Guardians and the Wildlife Service until June 20 and ordered the parties to hash out a new agreement, this time to include another environmental organization -- the Center For Biological Diversity.

The agreement was hailed as a landmark of cooperation that would have moved 839 candidate species toward federal protection. That petition process can take decades, slowed both by the federal agency's admitted lack of staff and money to process applications and by the enormous backlog of lawsuits that accompany the applications.

The Center for Biological Diversity -- which is usually at the forefront of taking the government to court for failing to protect species -- opposed the agreement and claimed it was "too weak, too vague" and was ultimately not enforceable.

-- Julie Cart

 
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I remember efforts towards endangered species protection in past years that were well-funded, and worked towards engaging the public in efforts aimed at species conservation using informal protests, modern architectural zoo-format building approaches and lobbying for anti-whaling laws. Today is a wholly different world, apparently.

Julie's article can be appreciated for her timely, dedicated and calm explanation concerning future endeavor that probably needs much in the way of additional work creations, and funding, direction, objectives and clearly stated intentions.

Adding more data to her article by way of positively well-written online opinions about the subject would be interesting, in order to introduce her article, in today's 21st century computer format, to the generations of children locally who come from the late 90's and early 2000's and are now reaching middle and high school. Their lives are just beginning, and I feel that we can ask their age group for some of their plans and future help again, in taking care of problem sets involving what might become many endangered Earth species in the near future, (as we were taught to do by our teachers, when our generation was that age).

Julie has written an astoundingly informative article, and I look forward to reading more from her.


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