Tag: FWS

Feds Loosen Building Restrictions Near Threatened Bats

Feds Loosen Building Restrictions Near Threatened Bats

Common sense claimed a victory this week when the National Fish and Wildlife Service determined that it’s “not prudent” to designate any “critical habitat” within the 32-state range of the endangered northern long-eared bat. The decision brings an end to the latest chapter of the fight to save the bat, which has been decimated by reasons having nothing to do with land development and everything to do with the spread of disease in their typical nesting and breeding grounds.

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OMB Releases Stricter ‘Critical Habitat’ Final Rules

The White House Office of Management and Budget released a final Endangered Species Act rulemaking on Friday that could make it more difficult for developers and builders to obtain federal wetland permits.

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Regulations Eased for Threatened Bat

Regulations Eased for Threatened Bat

There is some good news for members whose development plans were in danger of being derailed by new regulations regarding the Northern Long-Eared Bat. The Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule that eases some restrictions.

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Builders Harmed in ESA Settlement, NAHB Tells Court of Appeals

Builders Harmed in ESA Settlement, NAHB Tells Court of Appeals

Two court settlements that forced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to make quick decisions on protecting 251 species under the Endangered Species Act ended up endangering the rights of property owners to develop their land, NAHB told the U.S. Court of Appeals Tuesday.

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Voluntary Conservation Proposal Not Likely to Work, NAHB Says

Voluntary Conservation Proposal Not Likely to Work, NAHB Says

Developers interested in a proposed policy in which landowners would take measures to protect species on their properties that may eventually be listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act have until Dec. 14 to submit comments the Fish and Wildlife Service. Here’s a hint: The proposal needs some big fixes.

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