Farm Foundation Hosts Forum About ESA

Kelly MarshallAg Group, Events, farm land, Wildlife

farmfoundationlogo3The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been protecting mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians since it was signed into law in 1973.  But for more than 40 years it has also frustrated landowners with its restrictions, especially when the benefits hardly seem to outweigh the regulations.  Finding that balance has been a struggle.

A recent success has given many hope for the future of endangered species protection.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided not to list the Greater Sage-Grouse, thanks in large part to a collaboration between private landowners, environmentalists, and state and federal agencies.

The Farm Foundation will be highlighting the key points that led to this success in a forum on Tuesday, November 10.  Many notable speakers will take part in the discussion, including Jason Weller, Chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Michael Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Parks and Wildlife.

The Forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.  A live audiocast will be available, free of charge, for those who are unable to attend in person.

There is no charge to participate in the Nov. 10 Forum, but registration is requested. REGISTER HERE if you plan to to attend the Forum in person at the National Press Club. REGISTER HERE to participate in the live audiocast. Audiocasting is made possible by a grant from Farm Credit. After the event, an audio file is posted to the Farm Foundation website for those unable to be part of the live event.

The Farm Foundation encourages those with an interest in agricultural, food and rural policy, including members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, industry representatives, NGO representatives, academics and members of the media to attend this event.