Washington Report

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Fish and Wildlife Service to Increase Focus on Listing Species as Endangered

February 6, 2012

As a result of a court order in mid-2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will emabrk on an aggressive push in 2012 to place more species on the endangered list, thereby placing more property out of development and increasing restrictions on property rights.

The FWS is mandated to consider over 250 species as endangered, plus review initial findings and critical habitat designations for an additional 1,000 species over the next five years. Further, the Administration has announced other policy changes to how the ESA is implemented that will affect how it lists and delists species. Every state coud be affected by these actions.

NAR is monitoring these actions closely and will ensure that the real estate perspective is included during these deliberations.

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