butterflies and developers

Wagner, David david.wagner at uconn.edu
Wed Apr 9 15:58:01 EDT 2008

I doubt that a Special Concern species would stop a development.  I
doubt that even an Endangered or Threatened Species would stop the
development, merely change the mitigation parameters.  We have weak
endangered species legislation in this state...barely applies to private
I woud love to see a champion push to put teeth in our laws...but such
would be a very tough uphill battle in these times.  


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Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 7:27 AM
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Subject: butterflies and developers

My post about the Henry's Elfin survey has prompted quiet a few
responses and I am interested in what the consensus is about doing the
Recap: A developer has proposed, and I think received preliminary
approval to build houses on land in East Lyme. (Having been away for 2
months I am just now getting up to date on this). When I left the
approval had been delayed. 
Someone (DEP, local boards, neighborhood opposition ??) determined that
a population of a CT listed butterfly, Henry's Elfin, was nearby and
requested that a survey be done on the proposed development land to see
if the butterfly existed there.
The question is; should a butterflier/environmentalist do the survey for
the developer in hopes of finding the butterfly and either delaying or
at least making it more difficult, expensive for the developer to
proceed or just say no to the request for the survey?
I am not  familiar with CT law on listed species vs. development but I
do not think a listed species can completely stop a development from
I am a bit biased on this. I own the land where the Henry's is, which is
about 1/4 mile from the development land,  and I am most definitely not
in favor of the housing development. 
Rich Chyinski


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