Endangered Species Act and Habitat Conservation Plan. Environment 121 4 June 2009 Professor Victoria Sork. Obama Restores Scientific Consultation to Endangered Species Act (3 March 2009).
4 June 2009
Professor Victoria Sork
"Today, I've signed a memorandum that will help restore the scientific process to its rightful place at the heart of the Endangered Species Act, a process undermined by past administrations," Obama said to applause.
"The work of scientists and experts in my administration, including right here in the Interior Department, will be respected," he said. "For more than three decades, the Endangered Species Act has successfully protected our nation's most threatened wildlife, and we should be looking for ways to improve it - not weaken it.…... With smart, sustainable policies, we can grow our economy today and preserve the environment for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren," said Obama. "That is what we must do."
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, left, and President Barack Obama mark the 160th anniversary of the Department of the Interior. (Photo courtesy DOI)
National Endangered Species Act Day
Endangered species program
Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition Grants: California
City of Carlsbad Habitat Management Plan (HMP) (San Diego County, CA) $6,000,000.
Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (Riverside County, CA) $6,000,000.
East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservation Plan: Upper Marsh Creek Watershed, (Contra Costa County, CA) $2,407,200.
City of San Diego Vernal Pool Species Habitat Conservation Plan (San Diego County, CA) $615,000.
Butte Regional Habitat/Natural Community Conservation Plan (Butte County, CA) $536,588.
Yolo County Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan (Yolo County, CA) $634,988.
Summary of Data
source: M Rahn, H Doremus, J Diffendorfer. 2006. Species coverage in multispecies habitat conservation plans: Where's the science? BioScience 56: 613-619.
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