July 26, 2016

Statement from the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies Supporting the USFWS' Final Methodology for Prioritizing ESA Status Reviews

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) supports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (the Service) final methodology for improving the way it identifies and prioritizes pending Endangered Species Act (ESA) status review, which they announced earlier today.


“This new methodology will bring better certainty to the states as the Service identifies many species in one of five priority categories,” stated Dave Chanda, AFWA President and Director of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. “Addressing those species of greatest concern in the evaluation and prioritization process will help the states best focus on further data collection and the demonstration of effective state management actions.”


The final methodology applies only to actions that consider whether to add a species to the lists of threatened and endangered species. This final methodology is intended to complement and be applied in conjunction with existing listing guidelines and policies.

>Read the USFWS Press Release
 

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