NESARC Files Comments on FWS Draft Methodology for Prioritizing ESA Status Reviews16 February 2016
(WASHINGTON, DC) — The National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition (NESARC) today filed comments with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on its draft methodology for prioritizing status Reviews and accompanying 12-month findings on petitions for listing under the Endangered Species Act.
NESARC’s comments reflect the Coalition is concerned that the draft methodology is inconsistent with several ESA statutory requirements and existing FWS guidelines for prioritizing candidate species. In addition, FWS needs to explain how the draft methodology would be applied in the context of its proposed, multi-year National Listing Workplan, which will include actions (i.e., candidate species, critical habitat designations) that are not presently addressed by the “priority bins.”