8/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
Environmental Groups Hamper Endangered Species Conservation
WASHINGTON (August 23, 2016) – Today, the Center for
Biological Diversity along with other radical environmental groups threatened
to sue the Department of Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service to force
action on 417 proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act, all
stemming from a massive lawsuit settlement brokered behind closed doors and
without stakeholders at the table.
Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public
Lands Council and National
Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands, said the behavior of these
groups has hampered species recovery by placing arbitrary listing-decision
deadlines that leave no time for sound research and science-based decisions.
“This is precisely why the Endangered Species Act is broken,” said Lane.
“Groups like the Center for Biological Diversity are attempting to force
their agenda on FWS through litigation abuse. Substantive ESA reform is
needed now to allow FWS the autonomy necessary to prioritize species
conservation according to need, rather than political agenda.”
During the nearly 40 years since the ESA was passed, the Act has a recovery
rate of less than two percent and has over 2,000 domestic species listed.
“Attention should be placed on creating real recovery goals and delisting
species when they are no longer considered endangered, rather than
overwhelming the agency with paperwork,” said Lane.