"U.S. Reaches a Settlement on Decisions About Endangered Species"

"The Interior Department, facing an avalanche of petitions and lawsuits over proposed endangered species designations, said Tuesday that it had negotiated a settlement under which it will make decisions on 251 species over the next six years.

Under the agreement, species that the department has already deemed to be at potential risk but whose status remains in limbo, including the New England cottontail and the greater sage grouse of the West, will take priority in the Fish and Wildlife Service workload.

If approved by a federal judge, the settlement would bring about the most sweeping change in the enforcement of the Endangered Species Act since the 1990s, when the department streamlined a procedure for protecting the habitats that endangered species need to recover."

Felicity Barringer reports for the New York Times May 10, 2011.


"The Loneliest Tree in the World" (NPR)

"Wildlife at Risk Face Long Line at U.S. Agency" (New York Times)

"Interior Unveils Plan to Address Listing of More Than 250 Species" (Greenwire)

"Deal Aims To Cut Endangered Species Red Tape" (Reuters)

Source: NY Times, 05/11/2011