Briefs for Dec. 16 |

Briefs for Dec. 16

Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., joined other lawmakers Thursday in introducing legislation that would change the Endangered Species Act in ways they say would make it more effective.

SB 2110 offers incentives for landowners to participate in recovery efforts, focuses the act more closely on species recovery, rather than just listing species that are endangered, and encourages closer federal collaboration with state recovery efforts, supporters say.

The bill provides tax advantages, among other incentives. The bill also allows the federal government to target species most in need, supporters say.

“Unfortunately, the existing endangered species law is both contentious and ineffective, in some cases actually discouraging the preservation and recovery of species instead of achieving it,” Allard said in a prepared statement. “Over the last 30 years, the Endangered Species Act has posted a less than 1 percent success rate for species recovery. It makes no sense to list species that are on the brink of extinction and just leave them hanging there.”

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