Tag: Endangered Species Act

NAHB, USA Today Debate Merits of Updating the Endangered Species Act

Filed in Codes and Standards, Environment by on August 2, 2018 2 Comments
NAHB, USA Today Debate Merits of Updating the Endangered Species Act

In a point-counterpoint published on USA Today’s opinion page on Aug. 2, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel and the USA Today editorial board debated the merits of the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act.

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Builders Harmed in ESA Settlement, NAHB Tells Court of Appeals

Filed in Codes and Standards, Land Development, Legal by on May 7, 2015 0 Comments
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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Threatened Bat Species Could Endanger Building Permits

Filed in Codes and Standards, Land Development by on April 24, 2015 0 Comments

The listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as threatened under the Endangered Species Act becomes effective May 4 – and that’s a change that will affect more than 1,750 counties in the Eastern and North Central United States.

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Bat Fungus Threatens Home Building, Too

Filed in Codes and Standards, Land Development by on March 30, 2015 2 Comments
Bat Fungus Threatens Home Building, Too

A fungal infection threatening the population of Northern Long Eared Bats may threaten residential development in the 37 Northern and Central states the bats call home.

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Incentives Proposed for Species Conservation

Filed in Codes and Standards, Land Development by on August 12, 2014 0 Comments
Incentives Proposed for Species Conservation

At the urging of NAHB, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed an incentive program to encourage residential developers and other landowners to protect plants and animals considered to be at risk but not yet listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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House-Passed Bill Makes Needed Improvements to Endangered Species Act

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Land Development by on July 30, 2014 0 Comments
House-Passed Bill Makes Needed Improvements to Endangered Species Act

The House today approved legislation that would make needed improvements to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that would benefit species, landowners and the federal agencies charged with enforcing the statute.

Prior to House passage, NAHB sent a letter to House members urging them to support H.R. 4315, the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act.

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Stronger ESA Protections Unveiled

Filed in Codes and Standards, Land Development by on July 11, 2014 1 Comment
Stronger ESA Protections Unveiled

New federal policy issued this month ratchets up protection for endangered species by changing the meaning of the “significant portion of range” definition in the Endangered Species Act – a change that will likely bring new development and building restrictions. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service have now determined that a threat to a protected species in any location considered to be its “range” requires additional protections for the entire range – even where that plant or animal is plentiful.

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Members Demand Answers at ESA Meeting

Filed in Codes and Standards, Land Development by on June 18, 2014 0 Comments
Members Demand Answers at ESA Meeting

A group of NAHB members in town for the Spring Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C. June 3-6 also fit in a meeting with U.S. Fish & Wildlife officials to discuss proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act that, if enacted, could significantly shrink the amount of available land for building. Here’s what they learned.

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Covering All the Bases

Filed in Advocacy, Codes and Standards, Housing Finance by on June 6, 2014 1 Comment
Covering All the Bases

During this week’s NAHB Spring Board of Directors meeting, builders discussed pocketbook issues in meetings at the White House, on Capitol Hill, with federal regulators and top Administration officials.

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