On March 12, 1998, NABA filed legal papers in United States federal court, asking the court to forbid any further degradation to the Regal Fritillary habitat at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in south central Pennsylvania by the U.S. Army and Pennsylvania National Guard. In 1993, a Nature Conservancy survey identified 507 acres of Regal Fritillary habitat at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation.Subsequent to that survey, the military has already destroyed 170 acres of habitat. Current plans for a continued expansion of tank maneuvering areas will impact, and probably destroy, approximately one-half of the remaining habitat - almost certainly dooming the last remaining viable colony of Regal Fritillaries in eastern North America.
Fish and Wildlife Service shares NABA's view of the threat to the Regal
Fritillary colony. We are very grateful to the law firm of Debevoise &
Plimpton, and especially to Harry Zirlin and Bruce Hart of that law firm,
for representing NABA pro bono in this matter. Thanks also to the many
NABA members who wrote letters to the Army and National Guard about this
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