From: alra@governance.net
Subject: California ESA Comment Deadline

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       News Release

      Congressman George Radanovich

      Representing California's 19th Congressional District


      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact: Geoff Embler

      September 17, 2003                                         Phone: (202) 225-4540

      www.radanovich.house.gov                  Email: geoff.embler@mail.house.gov


      Radanovich Urges Comment on Species Designation

      As Deadline Approaches, San Joaquin Valley 

      Faces Burdensome Regulations


      WASHINGTON - Congressman George Radanovich (R-Mariposa) today urged San Joaquin Valley residents to submit their comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop the agency from issuing an oppressive endangered species designation on a reptilian creature found on millions of acres of land in the San Joaquin Valley.  The deadline for public comment is Monday, Sept. 22 at 5:00 p.m.
      "This is another example of putting junk science ahead of common sense," Radanovich said.  "There is no scientific evidence that justifies this action. That's why the people of the San Joaquin Valley need to fight this.  We can't afford the arduous regulations that could follow."
      The Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the California Tiger Salamander as a "threatened" species under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act.  If the agency does so, millions of acres of land in the San Joaquin Valley will be subject to onerous regulations that severely affect agriculture and local control over land use. 
      The designations will result in restrictions on property use, including the conversion of grazing land to more intensive agricultural uses.  Property owners will be subject to fines or jail time for failing to comply with the provisions of the Endangered Species Act. 
      Radanovich has asked the Fish and Wildlife Service to extend the comment period, but the agency has not yet decided to grant the extension.  
      San Joaquin Valley residents can mail, fax or email objections and comments to the Fish and Wildlife Service at:


      U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

      Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Service Office

      2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-2605

      Sacramento CA 95825 


      Fax: (916) 414-6713

      Email: catiger@r1.fws.gov


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