Updated Policy Re-affirms Federal-State Collaboration on Implementing the ESA
February 19, 2016
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (together the Services) have updated a long-standing policy on the role of state fish and wildlife agencies in implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The updated policy, developed in coordination with state fish and wildlife agencies, re-affirms the commitment for engagement and collaboration between the Services and state agencies on many aspects of ESA implementation.
Today’s announcement builds on the suite of actions the Administration is taking to improve the effectiveness of the Act and demonstrate its flexibility, including recent process improvements for designating critical habitat.
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