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Senate committee hears states’ perspectives on ESA reform

Cara J

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On May 10, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held its second hearing of the year focused on Endangered Species Act reform. The hearing, entitled “Conservation, Consultation, and Capacity: State Views on the Need to Modernize the Endangered Species Act,” provided three state agency witnesses the opportunity to offer their perspectives on potential updates to the ESA and its implementation. This hearing served as a follow-up to the Committee’s first oversight hearing on ESA modernization which took place on Feb. 15. After a brief opening by Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) laid out three main areas of focus for discussion. He questioned how the ESA can “better incentivize conservation activities” to prevent species listings and to effectively recover listed species; how it can “better facilitate the federal government’s consultation with state and local governments;” and how it can provide sufficient resources and better allocate those resources to fulfill its mission of saving threatened and endangered species. Both senators urged the witnesses to express their experiences with state and federal relationships within the scope of ESA interpretation and implementation. Nick Wiley, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and Executive Director of [...]


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