Council Directs Staff To Research Matter Regarding Endangered Species Act In Collaboration With Petitioner

Michael Dax of the Defenders of Wildlife in Santa Fe, left, and Donald Jones of White Rock discuss the importance of Los Alamos County adopting a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act. Print Screen/LADP

Councilor Susan O’Leary makes the motion to acknowledge a citizen petition asking Council to adopt a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act and direct staff to work with the petitioner and return to Council with additional information. Print Screen/LADP

Councilor Pete Sheehey seconds the motion to acknowledge a citizen petition regarding the Endangered Species Act. Print Screen/LADP

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council this evening voted 5-1 to acknowledge a citizen petition regarding the Endangered Species Act and directed staff to research the matter in collaboration with the petitioners and return to Council with information, options and/or a recommendation for action within 90 days.

White Rock resident Donald L. Jones submitted the petition Oct. 28 on behalf of 26 people, at least five of whom are registered voters of Los Alamos County. This petition requested that the County Council adopt a resolution in support of the Endangered Species Act and notify the congressional and state delegations and the Office of the Governor.

Councilor James Chrobocinski voted against the measure expressing concern that Council is placing too much work on staff and also questioned whether this national Endangered Species Act is something that should be addressed at the local level. Council Chair Kristin Henderson was absent.

Resolution:

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