NJ joins court fight to stop Trump Administration from weakening wildlife protections

piping plover

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – For the second time in a week, New Jersey is joining with other states to challenge the Trump administration’s latest rollback of environmental protections — this time in a lawsuit challenging new rules concerning the protection of threatened and endangered species.

In this instance, the states, in an action filed in the U.S. District Court in California, are contesting new rules adopted by the Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service that make it easier for regulators to remove a species from the endangered list and weaken protections for threatened wildlife.

In New Jersey, at least 14 threatened and endangered species occur in the state, including the piping plover, red knot and bog turtle, designated this year as the official state reptile …

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