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Oct
05

FWS Partially Implements Mass ESA Listing Settlement with NGOs

On September 27, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published Federal Register notice of FWS’ partial finding on a 90-day finding to list 404 species in the southeastern United States as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  The FWS found that for 374 of the 404 species, the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that listing may be warranted.   FWS is, therefore, initiating a status review of the 374 species to determine if listing is warranted.  On October 6, 2011, FWS found that listing another 11 of these species is not warranted.  These FWS actions are pursuant to a 2010 petition submitted by Center for Biological Diversity and other groups, and a settlement reached this summer between FWS and the NGO groups. CBD’s website on this petition and settlement can be accessed at http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/biodiversity/species_agreement/index.html.

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