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Lynx Critical Habitat Revisited
New opportunity for comment
The Nov. 2006 decision of the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to
ignore its own proposal for designating critical habitat for the Canada
lynx was tainted by political interference. The rule that was adopted
only designated a small amount of critical habitat and only in national
parks in the West. The political appointee who influenced this and other
endangered species decisions has resigned. Under court order, the
USFWS has submitted a new proposed rule for critical habitat for the lynx.
The new proposed rule will add back the lands previously proposed for
critical habitat and will include all of the 6.4 million acres of critical
habitat originally proposed in the Maine Woods.
Public comments will be accepted by the USFWS until April
28, 2008. Get information
about submitting public comments,
with a link to the full, proposed rule.
RESTORE: The North Woods, in collaboration with a number of groups around
the country, submitted a notice of intent to sue to overturn the Nov.
2006 rule. The courts then revisited previous rulings about the
lynx and forced USFWS to speed up reconsideration of a new critical habitat
rule for lynx.
Lynx May Win Back Critical Habitat
Environment News Service, February 28, 2008
Lynx habitat: Political
Maine Sunday Telegram, September 9, 2007
file notice on lynx habitat
Associated Press Wire Report, August 8, 2007