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Services Revise Proposal for Improving Endangered Species Act Petition Process

Proposal designed to improve quality of listing petitions and promote coordination between state and federal wildlife agencies

In consideration of feedback from the public and stakeholder groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services) have revised their proposed improvements to the regulations governing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) petitioning process. The regulations guide how species are petitioned for listing, delisting or reclassification under the ESA, and how critical habitat is petitioned for revision. The proposed changes are designed to improve the quality of petitions the Service receives and promote better coordination with state wildlife agencies.
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Last updated: April 19, 2016