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Foundation Challenges Species Protection

posted on April 1, 2005

A conservative legal foundation has filed twin federal lawsuits challenging protection for 42 plant and animals species, 15 of which live only in shallow seasonal pools in California and southern Oregon.

The Pacific Legal Foundation says the critical habitat designations drive up housing costs, increase taxes and harm private property rights. The lawsuits, filed in Fresno and Sacramento on behalf of home builders associations, ask the court to revoke the critical habitat designations of 27 species and correct the habitat areas for 15 vernal pool species.

Supporters of the critical habitat designations responded that research shows the protection is necessary. They accuse the foundation of shopping for a conservative judge by filing the suit in two federal courts.

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