The Endangered Species Act—and all the imperiled species it protects—are in danger. Even though 99% of species protected by the ESA are recovered from the brink of extinction, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have proposed changes that will severely limit the Act’s effectiveness in protecting imperiled species. Please submit comments today encouraging the Secretaries to rescind these harmful regulations.
Wildlands Network will be collecting supporter comments from now until Thursday, September 20 at 11:59pm EST. This will give us time to mail your comments in by the official deadline of Monday, September 24 at 11:59pm EST.
If you would like to submit comments directly to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, please do so at the following links. You will have to submit comments about each of the proposed changes separately. Please note that the federal comment portal is very slow and may take several minutes to open.
- Section 7 comments: Comment on the proposed changes to limit agency review of federal actions that could potentially harm imperiled species.
- Section 4 comments: Comment on the proposed changes to limit critical habitat designation and politicize listing decisions.
- Blanket 4(d) Rule comments: Comment on the proposed changes to rescind automatic protections for species undergoing listing decisions.