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Shy salamander has developers on tenterhooks (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 02/18/2005 | Jim Doyle

Posted on 02/18/2005 10:29:25 AM PST by TenaciousZ

Ambystoma californiense, the California tiger salamander, has found success where die-hard environmentalists have failed: The lowly reptile has single-handedly slowed down Sonoma County's relentless growth.

The reclusive, rarely seen creature has been credited with -- or blamed for -- delaying a dozen major construction projects on the Santa Rosa plain. It has stalled everything from new housing subdivisions and a shopping mall to a Santa Rosa elementary school.
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Conservationists have championed such issues to slow growth in their county, but no issue has matched the salamander's record for halting development. The salamander, builders say, has put on hold the construction of as many as 2,000 homes and apartment units on the Santa Rosa plain.
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Builders say mitigation measures for the amphibian would add about $25, 000 to the cost of a single-family home. Some builders have already opted for the greener pastures of Solano, Sacramento, Shasta and Tehama counties.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; endangered; environment; environmentalists; esa; propertyrights; salamander; santarosa; sonomacounty; species; threatened; tiger; tigersalamander

1 posted on 02/18/2005 10:29:39 AM PST by TenaciousZ
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To: TenaciousZ

Conservationists = moron idiots


2 posted on 02/18/2005 10:30:52 AM PST by Mr. K (this space for rent)
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To: farmfriend


3 posted on 02/18/2005 10:31:41 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: TenaciousZ
The reclusive, rarely seen creature

If it's rarely seen how do they know it isn't extinct already? Or maybe it moved on to Sausalito or somewhere.

4 posted on 02/18/2005 10:34:05 AM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: CaptRon
Yup, the article says that a two-year study has to be conducted to determine whether one of these salamanders is even on the property. Make no mistake, this kind of thing is great for business -- if in fact you're in the business of wildlife biology, conservation strategy, or habitat mitigation.
5 posted on 02/18/2005 10:40:39 AM PST by TenaciousZ
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To: TenaciousZ

Reptile? A salamander is an amphibian!


6 posted on 02/18/2005 10:40:44 AM PST by MBB1984
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To: TenaciousZ

The irony is that liberals will cheer this as a victory in their fight against 'sprawl', when in reality it will only push growth even further out, where it will be built at an even lower density and produce more traffic and congestion(which increases pollution from ineffecient engine operation) on the few existing arteries, and perhaps even lead to more road building than would otherwise been required. Once again they'll win a battle and lose a war.


7 posted on 02/18/2005 10:42:17 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: TenaciousZ
The North Bay Business Journal has been covering this for a long time. Since 2002, the North Bay Business journal has written over 20 articles and briefs about the tiger salamander issue up here. Where has the Chronicle been?

Tiger Salamander News Search, North Bay Business Journal

8 posted on 02/18/2005 10:46:26 AM PST by Tamar1973 (The Constitution is a FOUNDING DOCUMENT, not a living document --Lauralee Braswell)
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To: CaptRon

"Or maybe it moved on to Sausalito or somewhere."

it probably had. "it's not shy, the environmentalists only brought a few in just for the occasion" :-(


9 posted on 02/18/2005 10:50:55 AM PST by stompk
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To: TenaciousZ
Here's the pesky little fella:


10 posted on 02/18/2005 10:54:33 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: TenaciousZ

This is insane!


11 posted on 02/18/2005 11:21:16 AM PST by advance_copy
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To: TenaciousZ

I can't read this, it makes me feel sick. The article is written as if the whole thing is cute.


12 posted on 02/18/2005 11:40:41 AM PST by Dr. Frank fan
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To: Mr. K

"Conservationists = moron idiots"

You forgot; maggot worshiping loons,
communist land grabbing thugs,
and vile putrescent septic tank offal.
Feel free to use any of the above when addressing an environmental wacko;^)


13 posted on 02/18/2005 1:03:29 PM PST by monday
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To: Salamander

"Give me a ping, Vasily. One ping only please!"

8^)


14 posted on 02/18/2005 1:30:38 PM PST by The SISU kid (Sometimes it seems I'm the only one in the landing party NOT wearing a red uniform!!)
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To: TenaciousZ
Salamanders do just fine in home gardens.

The kids catch them all the time! LOL!

nutjobs.............

15 posted on 02/18/2005 1:34:23 PM PST by Cold Heat (What are fears but voices awry?Whispering harm where harm is not and deluding the unwary. Wordsworth)
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To: Mr. K

Conservationists = Smart Communist insurgents


16 posted on 02/18/2005 2:30:06 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: The SISU kid

I'm an elemental salamander so therefore I exist strictly in the mythopæic plane.
I had *nothing* to do with this....8:D


17 posted on 02/18/2005 4:55:52 PM PST by Salamander (We're pain, we're steel; a plot of knives. We're Transmaniacon MC.)
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To: Salamander
Yep, of course I already knew that. 8^)

The myth remains the legitimate expression of the fundamental movements of the soul.

Clocking out now...Have a great weekend!
18 posted on 02/18/2005 5:01:01 PM PST by The SISU kid (Sometimes it seems I'm the only one in the landing party NOT wearing a red uniform!!)
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To: The SISU kid
LOL!

Have a great weekend yourself!

Guess I'll go sit in by the fire for a while...8)

19 posted on 02/18/2005 5:09:09 PM PST by Salamander (We're pain, we're steel; a plot of knives. We're Transmaniacon MC.)
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To: Mr. K
Conservationists = moron idiots

No. The moron idiots are those who take them seriously and agree to be intimidated by them.

20 posted on 02/19/2005 5:01:42 AM PST by giotto
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To: Salamander

21 posted on 02/20/2005 10:47:19 AM PST by The SISU kid (Sometimes it seems I'm the only one in the landing party NOT wearing a red uniform!!)
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