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 Government officials reassess federal sage grouse plans. Under an edict from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, government scientists and land managers are reviewing Obama-era Greater sage-grouse plans that have been condemned by miners, ranchers, and energy developers throughout the West. The reassessment plan is designed to ensure Greater sage-grouse recommendations do not harm local economies and that state governments have [...]
Issues New partnership formed to improve conservation efforts. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) on Thursday announced a partnership between six oil and natural gas companies to provide greater support for conservation efforts in the Texas Permian Basin and New Mexico. The partnership, the Pecos Watershed Conservation Initiative, will work with federal agencies, private landowners and local communities to [...]
Issues Administration calls for review and comment on Mitigation. This morning, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice in the Federal Register calling for public review and comment on its Service-wide Mitigation Policy and its Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy (ESA-CMP). According to the Service, “The reopening of a comment period on the Service-wide mitigation policy and [...]