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December 30, 2013

The ESA at 40: hold your applause

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal published an oped by me and former Interior Department official Julie MacDonald on the Endangered Species Act.  In the piece, we argue that the Act has not been very good at recovering species, but it has been all too effective at violating the property rights and other liberties of ...

September 30, 2010

Fish and Wildlife Service infighting

Author:  Damien M. Schiff This week's New York Times Greenwire had an interesting article on Benjamin Tuggle, the Service's Southwest Regional Director.  Mr. Tuggle's tenure has been controversial for a number of reasons—fining of humanitarians who leave water bottles for illegal immigrants in wildlife refuges, for exa ...

January 26, 2010

Controversy over another Delta fish

Author:  Damien M. Schiff The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will revisit its 2003 decision to remove the Sacramento splittail from Endangered Species Act protections.  The decision is the result of a lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity contending that the delisting was improperly influenced b ...

January 20, 2010

Fish and Wildlife Service proposes dramatically to expand bull trout critical habitat

Author:  Damien M. Schiff Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposal to revise the existing critical habitat for the bull trout.  The proposal, covering some 22,000 miles of streams and 500,000 acres of lakes of reservoirs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada, is a significant expansion over the trout's c ...