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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Weekly Newsletter – 1/6/17

Issues Trump's Supreme Court picks could reshape Endangered Species Act. President-elect Trump is set to nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia early this year, and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy are expected to retire before the end of his first term. Legal experts believe Trump will instigate a dramatic shift towards a more conservative Supreme [...]

ESA Watch: End of Year Report

Over the past year, the IPAA team has continued its efforts to advocate for the appropriate and effective use of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), balancing the protection of critical species and habitats with economic development and sound science. IPAA has also updated its website with exciting educational tools, including factsheets on the ESA and Migratory Bird Treaty Act and [...]

Weekly Newsletter – 12/9/16

Issues Chairman Bishop talks ESA this week. Laying out his priorities for the 2017 Congress, House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop spoke to Politico Pro and E&E News this week regarding his plans for the Endangered Species Act. Chairman Bishop spoke about today’s flawed focus of the law on controlling lands, as opposed to its original purpose of restoring and [...]