Endangered Species Act public comment period closes soon

"They will make it harder to protect wildlife, harder to protect habitat, more difficult to help species adapt to climate change."

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 4:27 AM
Updated: Sep 24, 2018 12:31 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Time is almost up to weigh in on the Trump Adminstration's proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act. The public comment period ends today.

The feds argue that the act unnecessarily holds up commercial projects, but conservation groups including the Endangered Species Coalition say the law has successfully staved off extinction for 99 percent of the species on the list.

"They will make it harder to protect wildlife, harder to protect habitat, more difficult to help species adapt to climate change. So, from just every perspective, we're really in trouble," said Leda Huta, executive director of the Endangered Species Coalition.

Right now, species that are listed as threatened are automatically protected.  The new proposal would lift that blanket protection until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would issue specific rules for that species.
    
Click here to register your thoughts on the proposed changes.

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