Feds Shrink Butterfly Habitat After Home Builder Suit

Law360, New York (August 28, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a plan to set aside more than 18,000 acres in two counties in greater San Francisco as critical habitat for the threatened Bay checkerspot butterfly, reducing by about 5,000 acres the amount set forth in a protection plan that had come under fire from developers in 2001.

The new plan marks what U.S. officials hope will be the end of litigation over the butterfly, which was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1987....
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