Hearing Regarding Rare Woodpecker's Habitat Set for Today in Jonesboro

FEBRUARY 6, 2006 - Posted at 7:44 a.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - The ivory-billed woodpecker won't be on trial in federal court at Jonesboro today, but it will be the subject of much discussion.  U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson has scheduled a hearing in Jonesboro on a suit that seeks to stop construction of an irrigation project in the Delta of east Arkansas.

The suit, brought by two conservation groups, argues that the Army Engineers haven't done enough research to be sure that the project wouldn't harm the habitat of the rare woodpecker.  The ivory-bill was believed to be extinct until it was rediscovered last year living in wetlands north of Brinkley.

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