Colorado students win review of Virgin Islands plants
DENVER – A University of Denver legal clinic says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has agreed to reconsider whether two rare plants found on the U.S. Virgin Islands should get endangered species protection.
The Environmental Law Clinic at DU’s Sturm College of Law said Wednesday the review is part of a settlement of a lawsuit by the Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity.
The DU clinic’s student law office represented the center.
The government also agreed to pay the center about $50,000 in legal fees.
The plants are the agave eggersiana (uh-GAH’-vay egg-GUR’-see-AH’-nuh), native to the island of St. Croix, and the Solanum conocarpum (so-LAH’-num CON’-oh-KARP’-um), native to the island of St. John.
Federal officials rejected protection for the plants in 1996.
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