Following roughly two years of public input on the matter, the U.S. Department of Interior approved revisions yesterday to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Gov. Mark Gordon voiced his support for the changes, noting the updates will bring consistency to Wyoming’s management efforts.
“Wyoming is a leader in wildlife management and conservation with a proven track record,” Gordon said in a press release Monday. “Today’s updates to the implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act are welcome. Wyoming has always relied on science-based decision making, and we have taken a proactive approach to the management of sensitive species in an effort to avoid the need to list them. These updates to the ESA will further streamline processes and place an emphasis on local management.”
The revisions apply mainly to section 4, adding and removing species from the ESA and section 7, addressing cooperation between federal agencies. A separate revision rescinds a “blanket rule,” which had previously given threatened species the same protections as endangered species unless otherwise specified.
The changes, called improvements by Gordon, are intended to restore the distinction between threatened and endangered species, provide clarity and consistency to environmental reviews, and ease regulatory burdens without sacrificing protections.
Click here to see a more comprehensive overview of the ESA revisions.