Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


In this short paper, we first briefly describe the current regulations set forth under 36 C.F.R. § 2.4 and 50 C.F.R. § 27.42, the new rule, and three legislative measures intended to address the issue at hand (S.2619, H.R. 5434, and H.R. 5646).22 We then turn to some of the environmental arguments against the rule changes before offering our own—namely that the regulation might well foster a fear of nature that could prevent individuals from forming the type of bonds with nature that often provide the impetus for environmental protection.