More Than 800,000 Acres of Habitat Protections
In just the past week, Center lawsuits and tireless advocacy won more than 800,000 acres of finalized or proposed habitat protections for endangered species.
On Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed nearly 500,000 protected acres for western yellow-billed cuckoos, including more than 1,200 linear miles in seven states. The migratory songbirds once nested along rivers and streams across the West, but they've disappeared from many areas due to habitat loss and degradation.
The Service also announced that almost 325,000 acres in Mississippi and Alabama will be protected for rare black pinesnakes, whose longleaf pine forests have been reduced to less than 5% of their historic extent.
And 4,000 acres of habitat protections have been proposed for the Florida bristle fern. The unique and dainty plant — which has no roots — is critically threatened by habitat loss from development and sea-level rise.