TIME CHANGE - MEDIA ADVISORY: Endangered Species Act Working Group to Hold Forum Next WeekPosted by Jill Strait on October 04, 2013
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) Congressional Working Group, led by Representatives Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Cynthia Lummis (WY-at large), will hold a forum on Thursday, October 10th at 11:30 AM entitled “Reviewing 40 Years of the Endangered Species Act and Seeking Improvement for People and Species.”
The forum will feature a diverse group of invited stakeholders who will testify on all angles of the ESA, its impacts on species and people over the last 40 years, and potential improvements going forward. Members of the Working Group will use the forum as an opportunity to examine how to measure ESA progress; how to define success; if the ESA is working to achieve its goals; the impacts of litigation; the role of state and local governments in recovering species; the need for public engagement and input; and more.
“One of the fundamental purposes of the Endangered Species Act Working Group is to hear from everyone – all sides and all opinions – about aspects of the law that can be improved to better serve both species and people. We’ve invited witnesses from all across the country to participate in this forum and I hope to have a fair, honest and lively conversation about the Endangered Species Act,” said Hastings.
“The mere mention of the Endangered Species Act is enough to raise the blood pressure of passionate people from many backgrounds, all of whom care deeply about the protection of truly endangered species. We will never make progress on creating a 21st Century conservation ethic supported by everyone if we are unwilling to sit across the table and discuss what has worked, and yes – not worked – in species conservation. I look forward to hearing the widely diverse opinions on ESA that will be represented at the forum next week,” said Lummis.
The Endangered Species Act Working Group is comprised of Members of Congress from all across the country whose goal is to invite discussion and input on ways in which the ESA (last reauthorized in 1988) may be working well, how it could be updated, and how to boost its effectiveness for both people and species. Visit http://esaworkinggroup.hastings.house.gov for more information.