Monthly Archives: January 2011

Article Describes Process to Complete Structured Effects Analysis under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act

The February 2011 edition of Environmental Management includes an article I co-authored with Dr. Dennis Murphy entitled, The Route to Best Science in Implementation of the Endangered Species Act’s Consultation Mandate: The Benefits of Structured Effects Analysis.  The principle purpose of the article is to facilitate the development of rigorous effects analyses under the consultation provisions … Continue Reading

FEMA Settles Lawsuit Challenging Implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Florida

On January 20, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") proposed (pdf) to settle another lawsuit challenging its implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program ("Program"), agreeing to consult with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (the "Wildlife Agencies") regarding the Program’s potential impacts on five species of sea turtles listed under the federal Endangered … Continue Reading

Fish & Wildlife Service to Decide Whether the Walrus Should Be Listed as Endangered Due to Global Warming

The Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) is facing a court-ordered January 31 deadline to decide whether to propose recommending the Pacific walrus for the endangered species list under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). Earlier this month, the federal Marine Mammal Commission (“Commission”) issued a letter (PDF) to the Service recommending that it list the species as … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Review the Status of Six California Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) recently announced that it will conduct in-depth status reviews for six California species currently listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service published (PDF) a 90-day finding in the Federal Register on January 19, 2011, concluding that a petition filed by Pacific Legal Foundation … Continue Reading

Fish & Wildlife Service Revises Proposed Critical Habitat for the Sonoma County DPS of the California Tiger Salamander

The Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) announced this week that it has opened a 30-day comment period on revisions to the proposed critical habitat designation for the Sonoma County Distinct Population Segment of the California tiger salamander, and the associated draft economic analysis of the revised proposal. The Service previously revised the proposed critical habitat … Continue Reading

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Declares Maguire Daisy Recovered

On January 18, 2011, after slightly more than a quarter-century of protection, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ("Service") announced that it will be removing the Maguire daisy (Erigeron maguirei) from the list of threatened and endangered species.  The Service recently concluded that the daisy population, which in 1985 consisted of only seven known plants, is presently comprised of over 162,000 … Continue Reading

Federal Government Explains Guidelines Used To List Species as Threatened or Endangered

On December 22, 2010, the Department of Justice filed a supplemental brief (PDF) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia explaining the guidelines used by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in deciding if a species should be listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The brief was filed … Continue Reading

Fish and Wildlife Service Introduces Plan to Save Native Species in the Florida Keys

Aiming to restore federally-listed species, whose long-term viabilities in the Florida Keys are currently threatened by predation from non-native species and human-subsidized populations of native predators, the Fish and Wildlife Service has prepared a draft Integrated Predator Management Plan/Environmental Assessment (“Plan/EA”) (PDF), which it made available for public comment today on its website.  The Service … Continue Reading