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Endangered species act : the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service has incomplete information about effects on listed species from section 7 consultations.
  • Published Date:
    2009-05-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • Publication/ Report Number:
    GAO-09-550
  • Resource Type:
  • Geographical Coverage:
  • OCLC Number:
    668448195
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Federal Laws ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-Federal Standards and Rules ; NTL-LAWS AND REGULATIONS-LAWS AND REGULATIONS
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  • Abstract:
    The western United States, including vast stretches of federal land, is home to more than a third of the 1,317 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Under section 7 of the act, federal agencies must ensure that any actions they authorize, fund, or carry out, whether on federal or private lands, do not jeopardize listed species. To fulfill this responsibility, the agencies often must formally consult with the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), which issues a biological opinion assessing whether an action is likely to “take,” or harm, a listed species. The Service may require the agencies to monitor and report on the action’s effects on listed species, including take.

    For listed species subject to formal consultations in 11 western states, GAO was asked to examine the extent to which the Service tracks (1) required monitoring reports and (2) cumulative take. GAO reviewed the act, regulations, and policy and interviewed Service staff in all western states, reviewed 128 consultation files in five offices, and analyzed 23 listed species in detail.

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