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Reinstate the Designation of the Northeast Ecological Corridor as a Nature Reserve
Dear [Decision Maker],
Your agency should work with the government of Puerto Rico to protect the federal investments used to acquire portions of the Northeast Ecological Corridor as a nature reserve, a use which is now in doubt due to ill-advised development plans. Those plans should be abandoned in favor of the nature-reserve designation that the community supports. The goal must be to establish multiple layers of protection for this extraordinary place.
Currently, the Corridor lacks either durable protection as a Puerto Rican nature reserve or designation as federal critical habitat for the leatherback sea turtle. It deserves both. Unfortunately, both NOAA and FWS have been late in acting on petitions to provide critical-habitat protection. I urge that these petitions be swiftly granted, as the best available science warrants.
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