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Development on San Bruno Mountain to Be Reassessed

San Bruno Mountain, just south of San Francisco, is home to numerous rare native plants and animals, including the endangered Mission Blue butterfly, San Bruno elfin butterfly, and the Callippe silverspot butterfly.

The Fish & Wildlife Service determined in October that it must conduct further analysis regarding the adverse impacts of the Habitat Conservation Plan that has been in place since 1982 when an "incidental take permit" was issued allowing developers to kill Mission Blue butterflies.

The decision to re-initiate consultation comes as a result of a suit filed in federal court by Earthjustice attorney Deborah Sivas of the Earthjustice Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford on behalf of San Bruno Mountain Watch.