Trump Administration Proposes Revamping the Endangered Species Act


"At the same time we hope that they ameliorate some of the unnecessary burden, conflict and uncertainty that is within our current regulatory structure".

Numerous proposed revisions have wide-reaching implications, including for how the federal government will protect species from climate change.

The proposals are now open for a 60-day public comment period, and may become law by year's end.

"The Endangered Species Act is our nation's most effective law for protecting wildlife in danger of extinction".

Endangered species are now defined as "in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range", while threatened species are likely to become in danger of extinction within the "foreseeable future".

Bernhardt's proposals modify key terms originally meant to strike balanced solutions for government agencies, landowners and environmentalists to protect and restore endangered species and the natural resources they need to complete their life cycles.

Wildlife advocates and Democrats said such moves would speed extinctions in the name of furthering the administration's anti-environment agenda.

The agencies propose to revise the procedures for designating critical habitat by reinstating a requirement that they will first evaluate areas now occupied by the species before considering unoccupied areas.

Then in March of 2017, Trump chose Ryan Zinke, a congressman from Montana with a long record of opposing animal protections, to serve as his Interior secretary.

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For example, the law now defines a threatened species as one "likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range".

Alterations to the process of listing species and designating habitat for their protection and recovery under the Endangered Species Act.

"We are concerned that the proposed changes will enable other considerations to influence decisions".

Developers, business interests and state governments, however, have long blamed the Endangered Species Act for land-use controls that trample property rights and thwart economic activity with little concern for their potential losses. Changing that rule could roll back protections.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.

There are hundreds of animal species listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, including the Yosemite toad, the piping plover and the northern spotted owl.

A decades-old environmental law credited with saving the American bald eagle from extinction would be reworked under a proposal the Trump administration announced Thursday.

Greg Sheehan, principal deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, would not argue with any of that.