Western Governors raise concerns over conservation plans with the National Marine Fisheries Service

Western Governors submitted WGA policy resolution, Species Conservation and the Endangered Species Act, for consideration as the National Marine Fisheries Service reviews its policy to identify criteria for evaluating the effectiveness of conservation efforts. The correspondence of Nov. 18, signed by WGA Chair, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, and Vice-Chair, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, noted that the development of conservation plans could prevent some species from becoming so imperiled that the only recourse is to add them to the list of threatened and endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “Western Governors support all reasonable proactive management efforts to conserve species and the ecosystems upon which they depend to: sustain populations of diverse wildlife and habitats; preclude the need to list a species under the ESA; and retain the West’s wildlife legacy for future generations,” the letter read. Read, download the letter.  

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