EDGEFIELD, S.C. — The National Wild Turkey Federation supports the modifications enacted by the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to their regulations for implementing the Endangered Species Act.
The changes will better clarify how the two agencies will consider different aspects of the law and align current regulations with the intent of the original law.
- Provide clarification that the same standards are used to list or delist a species; in other words, does the species currently meet the definition of threatened or endangered?
- When new species are listed as threatened, specific rules tailored for their protection will be provided, instead of automatically applying the same restrictions as if they were endangered.
- Streamline interagency consultation regarding the impact management projects will have on species, so that beneficial projects move forward.
Protection of our threatened and endangered species is crucial, and the NWTF recognizes the role the Endangered Species Act plays in this protection. The NWTF has also witnessed how lack of clarity in the regulations and the consultation process have resulted in delays of project implementation that would ultimately benefit the environment and listed species.
“We applaud the Department of Interior for clarifying their rules and streamlining the consultation process, paving the way for important forest restoration work that benefits and protects threatened and endangered species before disaster strikes and the habitat is destroyed,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries.
For more information on the changes to the ESA, visit https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/endangered-species-act
About the National Wild Turkey FederationWhen the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.