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Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks to Reverse Trump Era Rules

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service seek to rescind two critical habitat regulations finalized in the last days of the Trump administration.

In December 2020, FWS issued a final rule that revised the process for considering critical habitat exclusions under the Endangered Species Act. The Biden administration has now re-evaluated the rule and concluded the conservation purposes of the ESA are better met by resuming its previous approach.

The proposal follows an executive order which directed all federal agencies to review and address agency actions to ensure consistency with Biden administration objectives.

The American Farm Bureau Federation calls the effort a disappointment. , “The Biden administration has proposed three different changes to these regulations, signaling a return to complicated and burdensome rules that do little to advance conservation goals,” said Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall.

Duvall added that AFBF will remain engaged on ESA issues, and encouraged farmers and ranchers to share their stories during the proposed rule change comment period.