Congressional Hearings to be Held on New Critical Habitat Rules and Delisting under the Endangered Species Act

This week, two congressional committees are holding three separate hearings on issues related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  On April 19, the House Committee on Natural Resources will hold an oversight hearing entitled Recent Changes to Endangered Species Critical Habitat Designation and Implementation.  On April 20 and 21, the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior will hold two hearings to discuss delisting under the ESA.  Nossaman partner, Robert D. Thornton, will testify at the committee hearing on April 20.

The hearing before the Natural Resources Committee will focus on the recent critical habitat final rules and policy issued by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, which we reported about here.  Witnesses at the hearing will include Dan Ashe, Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service; Karen Budd-Falen, Senior Partner at Budd-Falen Law Offices, LLC; David Bernhardt, Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP; Robbie LaValley, County Administrator, Delta County; and Dr. Loyal Mehrhoff, Endangered Species Recovery Director at Center for Biological Diversity.

The hearings before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior will focus on the challenges that the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service face when making a determination and attempting to delist species under the ESA.  In addition to Mr. Thornton, witnesses for the hearings on delisting will include Karen Budd-Falen; Lowell Baier, President Emeritus of the Boone and Crockett Club; Joel Bousman, Chairman of the Sublette County Board of Commissioners; and Director Ashe.

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    David Miller assists clients on a variety of complex land use and environment related matters, including matters dealing with the National Environmental Policy Act, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, and the ...

Nossaman’s Endangered Species Law & Policy blog focuses on news, events, and policies affecting endangered species issues in California and throughout the United States. Topics include listing and critical habitat decisions, conservation and recovery planning, inter-agency consultation, and related developments in law, policy, and science. We also inform readers about regulatory and legislative developments, as well as key court decisions.

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