Group proposes three Oregon species for endangered species listing


(Note: Why is it that whenever I see this group's name, the phrase "ambulance chasers" springs immediately to mind? Why is it that the only species the CBD ever litigates to protect seem to have some fancy-schmantcy name with 'spotted' or 'checkerspot' or something else that cons people's emotions, in it? What are the three Oregon species that are TRULY endangered and in by far the most need of protection and restoration? You can hum the Jeopardy song while you think ... I think of Farmers, Loggers and Ranchers, with commercial fishermen being a wild card. What say, Oregon County Commissioners and other Oregonians? Don't you think this little charade of a litigation-happy bunch from Arizona tying up your property rights has gone far enough? Heck, USFWS actually says that " of other, more threatened species must take priority"! Let's let those state, local and U.S. elected officials -- and the public! -- know that Farmers, Loggers and Ranchers get your votes for "other, more threatened species" that must take priority! There's no time like the present; strike while the iron is hot -- it is, after all, an Election Year! This vote of yours is a great leverage tool!)

May 6, 2004

The Associated Press

To submit a Letter to the Editor:  

Salem, Oregon - An Arizona-based environmental group has asked the federal government to place two rare frogs and a plant found along the Columbia River onto the endangered species list.

The three were among 225 plants and animals 'identified as needing protection' by the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson, Arizona.

The species are not new to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; four-fifths have been on the agency's waiting list for a decade. Some have been waiting since 1975. The average is 17 years.

Federal officials concede that the species identified are at risk, but they say that the cost of protection is prohibitive.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say that it would cost $153 million to move all the candidate species to the threatened or endangered list, and that protection of other, more threatened species must take priority.

The three Oregon species on the list include the Oregon spotted frog, which found in the Cascades from the Washington border to the Klamath River Basin, and has been an endangered species candidate since 1991.

There's also the Columbia spotted frog, which is found in Eastern Oregon and has been a candidate since 1991.

The center also suggested Northern wormwood, a plant found along the Columbia River between Hood River and the John Day River, which has been a candidate since 1985.

When a plant or animal is placed on the endangered species list, that puts limits on development in its surrounding habitat [this includes privately owned land].