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Endangered species halt northern road construction

Date Posted: 2008-11-06

Okinawa Prefecture plans for building five new roads through northern Okinawa’s forests have been put on hold while researchers further study their impact on dozens of endangered birds and animals in the path of the asphalt ribbons.

A total of 129 endangered species and animals are identified in the latest report from the Okinawa Prefecture Forest and Timber Section, including the Noguchigera bird, already on the national special natural monument list. The Yambarukuina bird also inhabits the area in which the new roads have been designed.

Researchers are now setting up new study groups to figure out how to build the needed roads without harming the endangered species. Past research was conducted last fall, winter and spring, identifying 93 different animals scarce to the point of not being often seen. The report also lists 36 different plant species that require protection.
Road construction has been ordered stop pending the findings of the impending research.

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