Rare Utah Beetle No Longer Warrants Protection Under the Endangered Species Act
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2013
Enhanced conservation agreement leads to withdrawing proposal
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is withdrawing a proposal to list the Coral Pink Sand Dunes (CPSD) tiger beetle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision was reached after the Service worked with county, state and federal partners to expand an existing conservation agreement that will better protect the rare invertebrate’s habitat in Kanab, Utah.
The conservation agreement – signed by the Service; Bureau of Land Management; Utah Department of Natural Resources; and Kane County, Utah – expanded on the success of existing conservation measures to comprehensively address all threats to the species, to the point that the beetle no longer meets the definition of a threatened or endangered species under the ESA.
“The signing of this conservation agreement and the subsequent decision that the species no longer warrants listing under the ESA demonstrates the power of working together to address the needs of imperiled species,” said Noreen Walsh, the Service’s Mountain-Prairie Regional Director. “I want to thank our partners in the agreement for their efforts in putting safeguards in place to meet the needs of this unique species—now and in the future.”
“We are committed to managing public lands to conserve the tiger beetle while supporting the recreation and outdoor activities that boost local economies in southern Utah,” said Juan Palma, BLM-Utah State Director. “We look forward to continuing the collaboration that has made this partnership and conservation effort such a success.”
“The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is extremely happy about this decision. We believe this is in the best interest of the CPSD tiger beetle and the recreating public who enjoys Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park,” said Fred Hayes, Utah State Parks Director. “We look forward to working with state and federal agency partners as we move forward.”