Center for Biological Diversity maps aims to lower pesticide use in certain areas of the U.S.

The Center for Biological Diversity launched a map project to reduce pesticide use near endangered species habitats. However, there are some concerns over the accuracy of the maps.

The Center for Biological Diversity has developed maps to promote conservation efforts and reduce pesticide use, pinpointing areas critical for safeguarding endangered animals The initiative, reported by AgriPulse, stems from a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aimed at devising strategies to protect over four dozen endangered species.

Eventually, the Center plans to release maps covering 500 endangered species. The Center emphasizes that the maps are based on current habitat data, providing insights into where endangered animals reside rather than solely relying on historical records.

The project has encountered opposition from certain farming groups who express concerns over the accuracy of the maps. Some argue that the pilot project’s identification of areas for conservation may not align with the actual habitats of endangered species. What, if any, environmental policy changes could stem from these maps is unclear, but the initiative is connected to a plan recently released by the EPA regarding herbicide usage.

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