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Sitting at opposite ends of a cavernous auditorium, under a canopy of flags from around the world, Brazil and the Netherlands waged a polite but emotionally strained debate over a tree that grows thousands of miles away. The chief delegate from the Netherlands--whose Dutch people are fierce rain forest defenders--argued that mahogany trees are disappearing from the tropics so rapidly that trade in the wood must be restricted.
May 7, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Federal officials won't put a dune-dwelling beetle on the endangered species list. An environmental group that petitioned to add the Andrews' dune scarab beetle to the endangered species list failed to sufficiently back its claims, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday. The group said the beetle lives only in the Algodones Dunes in Imperial County, where off-road vehicles are permitted.
October 10, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the Bonneville cutthroat trout has been removed from the Endangered Species Act. A viable population exists and is widely distributed through its historic range, officials said. The fish, a cutthroat trout subspecies, is found mostly in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada. Ralph Morgenweck, regional director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, credited federal, state and tribal agencies for conserving the Bonneville cutthroat trout.
May 18, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
As expected, federal regulators at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have placed the Ventura marsh milk vetch on the endangered species list. The plant, once thought to be extinct, was rediscovered in 1997 in Oxnard on the site of a proposed 334-unit housing development called North Shore at Mandalay Bay. The plant is a thick-rooted, reddish-stemmed member of the pea family found only on the site, which is targeted for a cleanup of waste oil. In 1997, 374 plants were counted there.
March 17, 1990 | United Press International
The government has declared wild chimpanzees an endangered species, a move that will provide additional federal protection for man's closest relative, officials confirmed Friday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had classified the primate as a "threatened" species, but officials said that more protection was needed in view of recent studies documenting a drastic decline in the populations of wild chimps in Africa.
July 29, 1988
The Senate voted 93 to 2 to extend and strengthen the Endangered Species Act, the law that has become a worldwide model for protecting animals, plants and marine life. Breaking a 4-year impasse, the chamber's vote on the bipartisan reauthorization bill cleared the way for final action this year after House and Senate negotiators work out differences between the chambers on giving the protection effort more money and power.
February 5, 1989
T.s. Tetrataenia, who has lived on a 107-acre site near San Francisco for years, will be accommodated at the $80-million Mori Point Resort Golf Course Hotel and Conference Center planned there. The property is one of the last remaining habitats of tetrataenia, also known as a rare and endangered species of non-poisonous snake. Consulting with world-famous herpetologist, Samuel McGinnis, Florida-based Team Plan Inc. will incorporate habitat mounds for the snake in the overall design.
December 20, 1992 | MAURA DOLAN
Some wildlife collectors covet endangered species, illegally snatching them from the wild to savor at home or to trade or sell. "Generally more money is had, ounce for ounce, on endangered plants and animals than on cocaine," maintains Assistant U.S. Atty. Lee Altschuler, who has prosecuted collectors for violating the U.S. Endangered Species Act. "Parrots can go for 10 grand or more." Federal wildlife officials avoid publishing the locations of endangered cacti because collectors dig them up.
The Clinton Administration, seeking to defuse controversy over the renewal of the Endangered Species Act, Tuesday announced a series of initiatives designed to make the protection of rare plants and animals less disruptive for private property owners and communities.
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