USFWS Announces Final Methodology for Prioritizing and Addressing ESA Status Reviews
Process will ensure species in greatest need are identified and addressed first, provide greater transparency and foster stakeholder engagement
Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its final methodology for improving the way it identifies and prioritizes pending Endangered Species Act (ESA) status reviews, the scientifically rigorous process the agency uses to determine whether a species warrants federal protection.
The new approach will allow the Service to be more strategic in how it addresses pending status reviews, to be more transparent in how it establishes workload priorities, and to work better with partners to conserve America’s most imperiled plants and wildlife.
“This is just another example of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service improving the way we do business,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “This new methodology allows the Service to more effectively implement the Endangered Species Act by providing greater transparency and predictability to our partners and the public, by developing a common sense and defensible path to prioritizing pending status reviews, and by better identifying and tackling the needs of our most imperiled plants and wildlife first.”
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