Deadline looms for commenting on Endangered Species Act

Northern Sea Otter. The southwest distinct population segment (SWDPS) of the northern sea otters, as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2005. Photo Courtesy NOAA website. Credit: Randall-Davis-Tam.

 

A deadline is approaching for Kodiak residents concerned about the latest, sweeping, proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act. The last day to comment on the changes is Sept. 24.

Federal officials say changes are needed to streamline the process and ensure consistency in regulating the law.

Environmentalists fear the impact on fragile species, which, literally, may not be able to survive under the proposed regulations.

The new rules change how species are added to and removed from the federal lists of threatened and endangered species.  The changes also revise the process and standards for designation of unoccupied critical habitat.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife website has a Power Point slideshow and video which summarize many of the changes to make it easier to understand.

 

List of Endangered Species in Alaska 2018.

Read the Fish and Wildlife Service News Release. Download or view  the PowerPoint Presentation. View the Presentation Video.

 

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