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If you ain't a Gator, you should be! Alligators (and endangered crocs) are important indicator species atop their food chains, with sensitivity to pollution and pesticides akin to humans. See ESA blawg. Gator blood could be our pharmaceutical future, too. See ESA musing.

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KEVIN S. PETTITT helped found this blawg. A D.C.-based IT consultant specializing in Lotus Notes & Domino, he also maintains Lotus Guru blog.

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Comments sought by FWS on Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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73 Fed. Reg. 21978 (Wednesday, April 23, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR; Fish and Wildlife Service; Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Volusia and Lake Counties, FL; Notice of availability: Draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment; request for comments.)

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announce the availability of a draft comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment (Draft CCP/EA) for the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge for public review and comment. In this Draft CCP/EA, we describe alternatives, including our proposed action to manage this refuge for the 15 years following approval of the Final CCP.  Also available for review and comment are draft compatibility determinations.  To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by May 23, 2008.

COMMENTARY: Endangered and threatened species protected at the Refuge include the manatee, snail kite, wood stork, bald eagle, limpkin, indigo snake, gopher tortoise and American alligator.