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Congressional Study: ESA Needs Reform

February 5, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming No Comments
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There is room for improvement to the 40 year-old Endangered Species Act.  That is the finding of a Congressional working group which released its conclusions in a report yesterday.  That report states, “After more than 40 years, sensible, targeted reforms would not only improve the eroding credibility of the Act, but would ensure it is implemented more effectively for species and people.”  Such reforms would include more definition of when a species – like the grizzly bear – is taken off the list. The study group was chaired by Washington Congressman Doc Hastings and Wyoming Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis. The report is the culmination of the Working Group’s eight-month effort to examine the ESA from a variety of viewpoints and angles, receive input on how the ESA is working and being implemented. As such, the report reflects hundreds of comments from outside individuals and testimony from nearly 70 witnesses who appeared before a Working Group forum and House Natural Resources Committee hearings.

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