, an endangered bird, is banded and released at the Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida.
A red-cockaded woodpecker , an endangered bird, is banded and released at the Conservancy's Disney Wilderness Preserve, Florida. © Carlton Ward Jr.


Trump Administration Weakens Endangered Species’ Protections

Arlington, Va.

The Trump administration today released its finalized revisions for how the federal government assesses and implements species recovery under the Endangered Species Act. The final rules inappropriately insert economic considerations into the listing process and risk reduction in core protections for threatened species. At the same time, the rules expand collaboration on recovery efforts across federal agencies.

The following is a statement by Lynn Scarlett, vice president for public policy and government relations at The Nature Conservancy:

“The Endangered Species Act is one of America’s bedrock environmental laws. We are concerned that the changes released today will ultimately hinder our ability to protect threatened and endangered species across the country. We appreciate that the administration includes some improvements for how federal agencies collaborate on recovery efforts, but we are disappointed it has advanced changes that will threaten recovery efforts and will erode trust and confidence in ongoing work to improve implementation of the Act and collaborative efforts to protect imperiled species.

“At a time when threats like development and climate change are driving a staggering level of species declines across the globe, now is the time for the United States to be more aggressive in advancing efforts to protect endangered and threatened species, not less. The Nature Conservancy fully supports the purpose of the Endangered Species Act: to prevent the extinction of threatened and endangered species, conserve the ecosystems they depend on, and promote their recovery. We will continue to work with federal authorities and other stakeholders toward these goals.”

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