9/8/2019 9:22pm

Jamey Cross is the assistant for the City/State, National desk at The Daily Tar Heel.

Column: For local election coverage, let us be your source

The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. This week, Assistant City & State Editor Jamey Cross is breaking down all the 2019 election coverage you can expect to see from The Daily Tar Heel this fall. 

9/2/2019 9:59pm

Red wolves are one of the world's most endangered species. Photo courtesy of B. Bartel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Trump administration revisions to Endangered Species Act threaten N.C. species

The Endangered Species Act, enacted in 1973, has saved 99 percent of species from extinction. But rollbacks from the Trump Administration are being criticized by environmental activists for potentially weakening some of these effects. The administration has removed protections for threatened species, which could pose a risk for some of North Carolina's 61 federally endangered and threatened species as they lose designated resources. “Right as that species is starting to recover, as soon you can get it from endangered to threatened, you remove all the protections and mostly what you will see is that species is going to end up right back in that endangered bucket because it lost all of its protections."