Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have announced the creation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Working Group. This Working Group, led by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings and Western Caucus Co-Chair Cynthia Lummis, will examine the ESA from many angles.
Through a series of events, forums and hearings, the Working Group will invite open and honest discussion and seek answers to the following questions:
- How is ESA success defined?
- How do we measure ESA progress?
- Is the ESA working to achieve its goals?
- Is species recovery effectively prioritized and efficient?
- Does the ESA ensure the compatibility of property and water rights and species protection?
- Is the ESA transparent, and are decisions open to public engagement and input?
- Is litigation driving the ESA? Is litigation helpful in meeting ESA goals?
- What is the role of state and local government and landowners in recovering species?
- Are changes to the ESA necessary?
One of the goals of the ESA Working Group is to start an open discussion and hear from everyone who has thoughts, ideas, and opinions. Share with us what you like about the ESA, or ways in which you think it can be improved.