This draft legislation will increase state and local input and improve transparency in the listing process. It will promote the recovery of species and allow local economies to flourish.

Wyatt Bechtel

Drovers

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) could soon be changed to benefit livestock grazers and others in agriculture who have been impacted by the law. Earlier this month Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), released the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018 discussion draft. The bill would help increase the transparency of the ESA and elevate the role of individual states.

“When it comes to the Endangered Species Act, the status quo is not good enough,” Barrasso says. “We must do more than just keep listed species on life support – we need to see them recovered. This draft legislation will increase state and local input and improve transparency in the listing process. It will promote the recovery of species and allow local economies to flourish. I have worked closely with the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association to draft a bill that works for endangered species and people alike.”

A letter was sent to Barrasso on July 13 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Public Lands Council (PLC), the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and other groups supporting the Endangered Species Act Amendments of 2018.

Following those developments a statement from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about proposed updates to ESA regulations was released on July 19.

Revisions by Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service would eliminate provisions that automatically give threatened species the same protections as endangered species.

“The Trump Administration is dedicated to being a good neighbor and being a better partner with the communities in which we operate. One thing we heard over and over again was that ESA implementation was not consistent and often times very confusing to navigate…

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