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 Groups express concern over U.S. Fish and Wildlife mitigation policy. In November, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a 60-day public comment period to obtain input on its existing Mitigation Policy and Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy, and specifically the possibility of dropping “net conservation gain” from its overall mitigation planning goals. This would mean that when [...]
Issues Nevada counties ban together in favor of sage-grouse management plans. Seventeen Nevada counties submitted comments to the U.S. Forest Service regarding the development of renewed sage-grouse plans relative to forest management in several Western states, including Nevada. In their comments, the Nevada counties asked for six specific amendments to be added to the new plans including state-specific amendments, the [...]
Issues IPAA submits comments to Fish and Wildlife Service on its mitigation policy. On November 6, 2017, the Fish and Wildlife Service began receiving public comments on its existing Mitigation Policy and Endangered Species Act Compensatory Mitigation Policy (ESA-CMP). Specifically, the Service requested parties comment on the policies’ mitigation planning goals. In partnership with four other industry associations, IPAA submitted [...]