AGs Say Species Will Be Less Protected Under FWS Proposal

Law360 (October 9, 2020, 8:42 PM EDT) — Attorneys general from California and several other states said if the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed rule for how it will exclude areas from Endangered Species Act protections moves ahead it could undermine the law’s conservation goals and reduce how much habitat is provided for species survival.

Their criticism was lodged in comments on an FWS proposal for a new process to exclude areas from being designated as “critical habitat,” which refers to land identified as vital for a species protected under the ESA and can impose restricted uses and protections. The proposal would force the FWS to consider excluding…

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