LETTER: Governors request ‘close working relationship’ between states, federal agencies on definition of ‘habitat’

Western Governors request that federal agencies and state wildlife managers "maintain a close working relationship" in comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the proposed rule, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations for Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat. The proposed rule would establish a regulatory definition of “habitat” in the context of critical habitat designations under the Endangered Species Act. The Governors assert that collaboration on that definition will "ensure that any new interpretation or application of the term does not result in unintended consequences for state management of species." The letter of Sept. 3, 2020 was signed by WGA Chair Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Vice Chair Idaho Gov. Brad Little. Read, download the letter

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