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AFA Comments on Rattlesnake 8-1-12
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AFA Submits Comments on Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The Birmingham law firm of Balch & Bingham drafted comments for the Alabama Forestry Foundation outlining why the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake should not be listed as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act.

Obviously, if the snake is listed, it could have a substantial negative impact on the practice of forestry in Alabama and the Southeast. Who can forget the Northern Spotted Owl's listing as "endangered" that destroyed a big part of the forest industry on the US West Coast. Only recently have we learned (through admission by the feds) that the Northern  Spotted Owl's demise has little to do with the practice of forestry. 
This is only one indication, but a recent and clear one, of what can happen when the federal government tries to pick winners and losers in nature via their authority to control commerce under the Endangered Species Act.

Read the full Balch & Bingham Report


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