The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was signed into law in 1973 to protect animal and plant species at risk of extinction due to habitat changes or loss. The ESA is intended to conserve the habitats and to foster the recovery of threatened or endangered animal and plant species across the United States based on sound data and science. And though the ESA was never intended to be used by environmental organizations as a litigation tool, it has since been abused in order to halt development or destroy economic growth and job creation while diverting millions of taxpayer dollars away from species recovery.
Over the past few years, there have been numerous efforts in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, and elsewhere to list species as endangered and place hundreds of thousands of acres of land off-limits to economic development. And a new, stronger wave of threats is expected.
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Issues Western Governors invite Zinke to talk sage grouse. The Western State Governors coalition sent a letter to Secretary Zinke this week, calling on the Interior head to meet with them in Montana next week at the Western Governors' Association annual conference to discuss conservation of the greater sage-grouse. The coalition includes Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), Idaho Gov. Butch [...]
Issues Western leaders assess Zinke’s sage grouse plan. In the wake of Sec. Zinke’s recent secretarial order on sage grouse conservation, officials across the country have begun to weigh in on the potential effects of the order on the species. In Colorado, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) stated, “I am pleased to see action out of Interior that will reverse the one-size-fits-all [...]
Issues Interior Department orders review of sage grouse plans. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday signed a secretarial order announcing a review of federal sage grouse conservation plans. The purpose of the review is to strengthen sage grouse conservation while improving collaboration between state and federal governments. “As we move forward with implementation of our strategy for sage-grouse conservation, we [...]