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Defenders President Jamie Rappaport Clark, © Krista Schlyer

Court overturns Bush regulations that ignored wildlife impacts

Ruling restores vital role of wildlife experts in forest fire planning

WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2012) – The U.S. District Court of D.C. struck down Bush administration regulations yesterday that would have allowed National Fire Plan projects to move forward without consulting the government’s own wildlife experts. Defenders initially challenged the regulations in 2006, arguing that the regulations violated long-standing Endangered Species Act procedures that help protect the environment and imperiled wildlife.

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