September 5, 2013 12:00 AM

Landowners’ denial of gopher data risks additional restrictions

Everyone in Thurston County will benefit if farmers and small landowners take advantage of the 45-day reopening of the public comment period on the possibility of listing the Mazama pocket gopher under the Federal Endangered Species Act. A failure to cooperate now with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, based on a misplaced distrust of government, will result in greater, not fewer, land use restrictions.

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