News of the WeekENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Cherished Concepts Faltering in the Field

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Science  17 May 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5571, pp. 1219-1221
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5571.1219a

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A clutch of papers in the June issue of Ecological Applications suggests that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's new approach to saving endangered species--setting aside critical habitat, and taking a big picture, or whole ecosystem, view in writing recovery plans--is faltering. At stake is the success of a series of high-profile initiatives, including the agency's ambitious plan for protecting the Florida Everglades and its 68 endangered species.