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Monday, November 01, 2004
Posted 1:42 PM by Luigi
Habitat protection in Micronesia
Two items on recent moves to protect habitats in Guam and CNMI.
GUAM MILITARY LAND AVOIDS HABITAT PROTECTION
HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Nov. 1) – In a win for local indigenous rights activists as well as the Guam Department of Agriculture, nearly all of Guam has been spared the unpopular designation of critical habitat, according to a press release by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
About 25,000 acres, or nearly 20 percent, of Guam's land had been proposed to be designated critical habitat, but the press release said that has been cut down to 376 acres.
Critical habitat designation is a term of the Endangered Species Act that identifies a geographic area as essential for the conservation of a threatened or endangered species.
Though it doesn't alter the ownership of the land, it does limit certain kinds of development on that land.
Most areas of the land at issue were military land, and some are privately owned, and the designation was intended, in theory, to protect the endangered Mariana fruit bat, Mariana Crow and Guam Micronesian kingfisher.
The proposal, spurred by a lawsuit by environmental organization EarthJustice against the Fish and Wildlife Service, has been repeatedly denounced by indigenous rights activists because they do not believe the federal government should have the right to determine how indigenous people use their land. They also have said the designation would further slow the return of Guam's military-occupied lands to the Chamorro people.
ROTA CARVES OUT 6,000 ACRES FOR HABITAT
SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Nov. 1) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has designated some 6,033 acres of land on the island of Rota in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas as “critical habitat” for three endangered Mariana Islands species.
Once the amendment to the Endangered Species Act takes effect 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register, some 463 acres of private land and 5,570 acres of public land on Rota would become critical habitat for the Mariana crow.
On Guam, however, the federal agency disclosed that only 376 acres of land out of the 24,800 acres as originally proposed would become critical habitat for the Mariana crow, Mariana fruit bat, and the Guam Micronesian kingfisher. A total of 18,815 acres that were removed from the proposed critical habitat cover military-controlled lands.
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