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 The Migratory Bird Treaty Act should be updated. A recent column in the Casper Star-Tribune by IPAA Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Political Affairs Dan Naatz and Petroleum Association of Wyoming Vice President Esther Wagner highlights an amendment proposed last month by U.S. Representative Liz Cheney to provide clarity to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The [...]
Issues IPAA weighs in on sage-grouse comment period. Today, IPAA alongside the American Petroleum Institute submitted comments on the Notice of Intent to amend land use plans regarding the Greater sage-grouse. The comments highlight that API and IPAA members support BLM’s goal of managing the grouse and its habitat on public lands, yet “overly burdensome restrictions in the current GRSG [...]
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 [...]