Council considers resolution about ESA

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Testimony: Staff to return with recommendations on any action in 90 days

By Arin McKenna

By a 5-1 vote, the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday passed a motion that directs staff to work with petitioners to research a resolution supporting the Endangered Species Act, and to return with “information, options and/or a recommendation for action within 90 days.”
Councilor James Chrobocinski voted against the motion. Chair Kristin Henderson was not in attendance.
Donald Jones presented the citizens’ petition, which lays out the case for a resolution that reads, “The county fully supports the Endangered Species Act and strongly encourages Congress to continue full funding and enforcement without interfering with science-based decisions about the level of endangerment or protection of individual species.”
The resolution lists 18 endangered or threatened plants and animals within Los Alamos County, including the Jemez Mountain Salamander and the wood lily.
According to Jones, there have been 88 attempts to “repeal, limit, adversely alter or defund all or part of the Endangered Species Act.” He talked about the need for this type of protection.

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