Trump Administration Floats New Rule For Species Habitat

Law360 (July 31, 2020, 9:29 PM EDT) -- The federal government on Friday proposed a new standard for what is considered "habitat" under the Endangered Species Act, a move that met with immediate condemnation from green groups that said it would be harder to protect plants and animals from extinction.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service said they had to make the change to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 opinion in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which held that although the ESA defines "critical habitat," it does not define the broader category of "habitat."

"Our proposed definition of habit...

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