Modernizing the ESA Pt 2

Modernizing the ESA Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
I’m Bob Larson. The Endangered Species Act was put into law in 1973 and has never been changed or updated. U.S.

Representative Dan Newhouse led a recent discussion with Congressional colleagues to go over potential changes called the WHOLE Act that could make it more effective …

NEWHOUSE … “You know, 47 years, almost 50 years of a law, I can’t think of too many things that have been passed that we haven’t gone back and made improvement on, and the Endangered Species Act shouldn’t be any different.”

Newhouse says the ESA has done some good things …

NEWHOUSE … “In our part of the country one of the great success stories, truly, is the gray wolf and it continues to be listed in a large portion of the United States.”

So, Newhouse says, let’s take the next step …

NEWHOUSE … “Declaring victory there and taking them off the list would certainly free up not only time and attention but also resources to direct towards other species that need recovery.”

Newhouse says we should use our time more effectively …

NEWHOUSE … “We’ve got to learn to take those successes, celebrate them as the case is with the gray wolf, and then turn our attention to others that are in dire need of recovery. And so, I think that that’s definitely one of the things that should be improved upon.”

Newhouse says we should not leave our hands tied when it comes to species recovery. He believes the WHOLE Act would do just that.

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