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Delay Announced In Ala. Refuge Expansion Plans

Birmingham, AL – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a six-month delay in plans to expand the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge.

The Fish and Wildlife Service unveiled a proposal last summer that would allow the service to buy land in an area covering more than 100,000 acres.

The service now owns 3,600 acres. The proposal was intended to give the service more area in which to find willing sellers and to protect water quality in the river.

Opponents expressed fearing that the plan amounts to a federal land grab that would hinder private property rights and stifle forestry and mining.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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