The Fish and Wildlife Service’s Proposed Rule:
Revision of the Regulations for Listing Species
and Designating Critical Habitat
In this proposed rule the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Services seek feedback on a proposed rule that would change the way the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented. This rule change would, among other changes, allow the Services to include information about the economic impacts of a species listing in listing decisions. The authors of this public comment focus their comments on the proposed change to allow information about economic impacts to be included in listing decisions.
The authors evaluate the likely outcomes of this proposed rule change by drawing from past research on the role of incentives in achieving effective conservation outcomes. They find that including economic analysis would likely be beneficial in helping the Services engage in more cooperative, and thus more successful, conservation efforts with private parties and local governments. The authors suggest that providing more information about the economic impacts of a listing would help involve private landowners sooner and create clear incentives to help species recover.
Megan E. Hansen
CGO Graduate Research Fellow