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June 26, 2000 | Press Release

JUDGE ORDERS FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE TO PROTECT IMPERILED O`AHU FOREST BIRD'S CRITICAL HABITAT

In a ruling from the bench this morning, Judge Helen Gillmor of the federal district court in Honolulu ordered the Secretary of the Interior and the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ("Service") to designate critical habitat for the O`ahu `elepaio (a native forest bird) by October 31, 2001, rejecting the federal defendants' request to delay designation until October 2004.

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