Western Governors Weigh-in On Endangered Species Protection
March 11, 2016

The nation needs to change the way it protects endangered species because the current practice is bogged down in lawsuits and weakened by mistrust. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead kicked off the latest workshop of the Western Governors' Species Conservation and Endangered Species Act Initiative in Denver by challenging participants to continue collaborative conservation work while looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act.

Hickenlooper said it was important for Western states to harvest their natural resources while protecting the native habitat.

Mead reminded attendees of the ESA's 1.4 percent success rate for species recovery, noting that often it was legal challenges alone that keep species listed. "Lawyers are winning on the ESA. The question is: Are the species winning?"

Video of the speeches are available at www.westgov.org/news/353-news-2016/esa-news/1139-governors-hickenlooper-mead-launch-denver-workshop-on-esa-initiative.