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Threat to Endangered Species Act hits home

Whether you're a deer hunter or a tree hugger, if you know the outdoors around Williamsburg you know it's a tapestry, a living weave — not just a random jumble of plants and animals. Start pulling out threads and life begins to unravel. Your representatives in Congress are considering, just now, whether to allow a lot more yanking.

Billion-dollar mining, drilling and ranching interests want to gut the Endangered Species Act, which became law during a Republican administration 45 years ago. They call it "streamlining" and "improving."

This fight isn't just about places such as Montana or Oregon. Virginia is starkly vulnerable.

Arguing against one set...