Rejecting a bid by former state Comptroller Susan Combs and others to remove special habitat protections for the golden-cheeked warbler, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is set to announce their petition “did not present substantial information that delisting is warranted.”
The decision, to be published Friday in the Federal Register, means the federal agency will take no further action on the petition.
Three groups — Texans for Positive Economic Policy, led by Combs, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Reason Foundation — had argued the golden-cheeked warbler, a migratory songbird that nests in Central Texas, should be removed from the list of endangered species. The move could have allowed more development in a broad swath of the Hill Country… Read more from the Austin American-Statesman