Obama pursues millions of acres to protect from global warming

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The Obama administration has now dragged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services into its pursuit to achieve global justice by setting aside millions of acres of land, including the Florida Everglades, to protect plants, animals and fish from the ravages of global warming.

“More than millions of acres across the landscape will be required,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe according to the Washington Examiner. “The lands will be protected by easement, by land acquisitions, by local, by land trusts, by state agencies, by federal agencies,” he told reporters.

At the briefing, Ashe released the 120-page “National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaption Strategy,” which has been in the works since shortly after Obama’s first inauguration.

“We’re doing it for wildlife preservation and we’re thinking about climate,” he added.

The Examiner’s Paul Bedard reported:

Under Obama, 4.5 million acres in 10 national wildlife refuges have already been set aside in part to ease the pressure of global warming on plants, fish and animals, said Ashe. A large purchase in Florida’s Everglades, for example, is aimed in part at preserving grasses that can help prevent rising water from flooding the area and destroying animal habitat.

The new strategy, produced by several federal and state agencies and tribal groups, would expand that program to protect habitat under global warming pressure and used by everything from butterflies and robins to foxes and even coral. For example, more habitat for grizzly bears would be set aside so they can move north as their habitat warms.

The report is meant to “inspire and enable natural resource managers, elected officials, and other decision makers to take action over the next five to 10 years to help our living resources adapt to climate change.”

It’s also indicative that the Fish and Wildlife Services has way too much time in its hands.

Read more at The Washington Examiner.

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