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Uploaded on Aug 23, 2019
ELI Member Breaking News Event
On August 12, the Department of the Interior (DOI) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) finalized key regulatory changes to how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented. While other major changes have been made in recent years to the ESA regulations, as seen in the July 2018 Breaking News: Proposed USFWS Endangered Species Act Regulations these new changes are the most significant in over two decades.
How will these regulatory changes be implemented? Who will these changes affect? What are the broader implications for this key environmental statute? What will be the impacts on state and local agencies? Panelists will engage in these and other questions and discuss the effects of these changes on the species listing process, the designation of critical habitat, protections for threatened species, the Section 7 consultation process, and more. Our panelists explored their initial reactions to the final regulations and the implications for species conservation.
Panelists: Ya-Wei (Jake) Li, Director for Biodiversity, Environmental Policy Innovation Center, Moderator Ramona McGee, Staff Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) Peg Romanik, Associate Solicitor, Division of Parks and Wildlife, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior (DOI) Anna Seidman, Director of Litigation, Safari Club International Greg Sheehan, Vice President of Asset Management, Blue Diamond Capital and former Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Jonathan Wood, Adjunct Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) and Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation