Getting After a More Efficient Endangered Species Act
Something is broken according to some in D.C. That “something” is the Endangered Species act which, despite enveloping hundreds of species under its protections has only led to the delisting of 3%. Speaking reversely – once a species goes under ESA protections, there’s a 97% chance it’ll stay there.
Washington Representative Dan Newhouse, the Congressional Western Caucus, and the House Committee on Natural Resources has now launched the Endangered Species Act Working Group. Specifically, this new group will look into how the Endangered Species Act is being implemented by federal agencies, the practical impacts on the American people, how litigation is driving ESA decision-making, and how success is currently defined under the act.
The group intends to publish a series of policy recommendations that reform the ESA to the benefit of the American people and species conservation.
“It’s clear the ESA desperately needs reform,” Newhouse says. “Not just for the sake of our species, but for the people who are negatively impacted because of its land-use restrictions, impact on property values, and costly permitting requirements.”
“Clearly, something is not working,” says Natural Resources Chair Bruce Westerman of Arkansas.