Habitat's Where Babbitt's At
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt unveiled an ambitious plan yesterday to protect 68 threatened and endangered species living in southern Florida. Babbitt said the government hopes the plan will become a model for approaching species protection on a comprehensive, regional, multi-species level rather than with a piecemeal approach. Under the plan, the feds would work with developers and local governments to set aside habitats for multiple species before construction projects begin; then, in most cases, developers would not be obligated to protect endangered species on land designated for development. Some enviros criticized the plan for being short on specifics.