Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Undoing the Damage

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced changes to seven decisions that had been subject to political interference from the Interior Department. The Service will reconsider endangered species listing for the white-tailed prairie dog and Preble's meadow jumping mouse, both of which were denied. Critical habitat decisions for the Preble's meadow jumping mouse, Canada lynx, Hawaiian picture-wing fly, Arroyo toad, and California red-legged frog will also be examined.

The one bird among the species decisions - the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher - will not get a new hearing.

Today's announcement concerned decisions influenced by Julie MacDonald, whom I have discussed previously.