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Rep. Doug Collins Joins Endangered Species Act Working Group

May 9, 2013

Rep. Doug Collins Joins Endangered Species Act Working Group

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) today joined other House Republicans in announcing the creation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Working Group.  The goal of the Working Group is to examine the ESA from all angles.  Throughout this year, the Working Group will hold a series of events, forums, and hearings that will invite open discussion and input on ways in which the ESA (last reauthorized in 1988) is working well, how it could be updated, and how to boost its effectiveness for both people and species.  

The Working Group will examine a number of specific topics and questions including: how to measure ESA progress; how to define success; if the ESA is working to achieve its goals; whether litigation is driving the ESA; the role of state and local governments in recovering species; whether the ESA ensures compatibility of property and water rights and species protection; the need for public engagement and input; and more.  

“There is a very real need to update the ESA so that we can actually help endangered species recover,” said Collins. “The ESA should a be a straightforward tool to engage public and private entities to work together towards protection and recovery of species.  I am proud to join my colleagues on the ESA Working Group to bring common sense solutions that benefits animals as well as humans.”

Members of the ESA Working Group include:

  • Doc Hastings (WA-04)
  • Cynthia Lummis (WY – At large)
  • Mark Amodei (NV-02)
  • Rob Bishop (UT-01)
  • Doug Collins (GA-09)
  • Andy Harris (MD-01)
  • Bill Huizenga (MI-02)
  • James Lankford (OK-05)
  • Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03)
  • Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
  • Steve Southerland (FL-02)
  • Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05)
  • David Valadao (CA-21)

For more information on the ESA Working Group, visit http://naturalresources.house.gov/ESAworkinggroup