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Archive for April, 2010

Conservation, Regulation…and Uncertainty PART TWO

Monday, April 5th, 2010

by Russell Juelg, Director for Outreach

The Pinelands Commission implements its threatened and endangered (T&E) plant protection rule as if it were written,

“No development shall be carried out by any person unless, in the judgment of the staff, there is a low probability of T&E plant populations occurring on the proposed development site, and, with respect to any T&E plant populations that do happen to be discovered, it is designed to avoid irreversible adverse impacts on their survival.”

There is probably no feasible alternative to this approach, but it does direct our attention to the vague concept of “low probability.” How low does the probability have to be, in order for the Commission staff to be satisfied that it is indeed low enough to allow the development to go forward? (more…)


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