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Catching Our Balance: Opportunities for ESA Reform

When Congress enacted the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) to protect and recover imperiled species and the ecosystems on which they depend, it emphasized the need to strike the proper balance between protecting species and allowing productive human activities. Widespread concern that this balance has been lost has sparked movement within the Trump Administration and Congress to improve the ESA and its implementation. With these key changes, the Trump Administration and Congress could make significant progress to restore what many believe is the ESA’s intended balance between the protection of species and economic growth.… Continue Reading

USFWS Gives Benefit of the Doubt to Tiny Crustacean

You may well not have noticed when the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) issued a proposal back in September to list the Kenk’s amphipod (Stygobromus kenki) as an endangered species. 81 Fed. Reg. 67270 (September 30, 2016). Even the Center for Biological Diversity, which pushed for the listing, concedes that this small, eyeless, shrimp-like creature “may be one of the most uncharismatic species considered for protection under the [Endangered Species] Act.” This proposal is worthy of note, however, for at least a couple of reasons.… Continue Reading

US Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Finding That Lesser Prairie-Chicken “May Warrant” Relisting Under the Endangered Species Act

On November 30, 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice in the Federal Register, announcing its finding that a September 2016 petition filed by several environmental groups “presents substantial scientific or commercial information” indicating that listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act “may be warranted.” The Service has initiated a 12-month status review to determine whether listing the LPC is warranted. … Continue Reading

US Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Decision to Issue Five-Year Eagle Take Permit for California Wind Energy Facility

On November 2, 2016, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) announced its intention to issue a permit authorizing the take of up to three golden eagles during the five-year permit term for the 48-turbine Alta East Wind facility in Kern County, California. The announcement was contained in a notice published in the Federal … Continue Reading
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