The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, along with the Public Lands Council say a Federal Fish and Wildlife Service final rule is a step to “address rampant abuse of the Endangered Species Act listing process. The rule announced Monday limits petitions for new listings to one species and will require more substantive justification to file a petition for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Public Lands Council executive director Ethan Lane says the rule is “progress toward increasing local input into the process” and applauded the rule. Currently, the Endangered Species Act has a less than two percent recovery rate. The Fish and Wildlife Service says the changes will enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the petition process to support species conservation. The rule was expected to be published to the Federal Register Tuesday.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.