Critical Habitat for Endangered Snail Proposed

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a "critical habitat"designation for more than 2,500 acres on California's central coast to protect an endangered snail.

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July 13, 2000, 9:20 AM PDT

By Abhijeet Chavan @

A proposed"critical habitat" designation affecting2,500 acres on California's central coastwould require developers of public and private projects receiving federal funding or requiring federal approvalto consult with Fish and Wildlife before beginning work.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed this designation to protect the endangered inch-long Morro shoulderband snail. A real estate agent working in thearea said that the habitat needs to be protected but hoped that"...the changes don't penalize landowners whohaven't yet built on lots that are already surrounded by development and would be of relatively little use as snail habitat."

Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan

Thursday, July 13, 2000 in The San Diego Union-Tribune

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