NESARC Files Comments with FWS on Improvements to ESA Implementation

1 November 2017

(WASHINGTON, DC) — The National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition (NESARC) today filed comments with the Department of the Interior to provide recommendations on improvements that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) should make to regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

As is stated in the NESARC comments, the ESA was originally enacted in 1973, and the statute has remained largely unchanged and unauthorized for nearly a quarter of a century. The operative statutory provisions are implemented through regulations promulgated by the FWS and the National Marine Fisheries Service (“NMFS”) (collectively, the “Services”). While there have been piecemeal revisions to these regulations over the years, implementation of the ESA would benefit significantly from a holistic review of the regulatory structure. By conducting this type of review, FWS, in collaboration with NMFS, can best identify and incorporate efficiencies and improvements that have been learned during the past 40 years of ESA implementation.

NESARC’s comments may be accessed here.

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For further information, contact:

Jordan A. Smith
Executive Director
(202) 298-1914
jas@vnf.com

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