From Washington Post Online “A letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Federal Transit Administration said the agencies had violated the Endangered Species Act by not properly considering a light-rail line’s impacts on the Hay’s spring amphipod, which has been listed as endangered since 1982, and the Kenk’s amphipod, which is a candidate for federal listing. The groups — The Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail, and the Center For Sustainable Economy — requested a meeting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to discuss a more detailed analysis of the potential impacts.”

What we know and love as the Capital Crescent Trail between Bethesda and Silver Spring is not only a beautiful shaded park in which thousands enjoy walking, biking and running in the shade of forest canopy, but also home to a diversity of plants and trees that support a web of life. We are NOT Anti-Transit but before clear-cutting this 25 acres of forest for 3 miles of MTA’s 16 mile Purple Line we expect federal and state agencies to follow the law that no endangered species nor their habitats are adversely affected. Because it seems that the state and federal agencies involved in the project have failed to consider this issue completely, FCCT along with CBD, CSE and several individuals have initiated this action.