The Fish and Wildlife Service’s Proposed Rule:
Revision of the Regulations for Listing Species
and Designating Critical Habitat

October 2018

Project Summary

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.

Project Authors
Megan E. Hansen
Camille Harmer

CGO Graduate Research Fellow

CGO scholars and fellows are occasionally invited to provide testimony to public hearings and legislative meetings. They also occasionally conduct independent analyses addressing government policies and proposals which are submitted to agencies as public interest comments. These testimonies and comments are designed to assist policymakers as they study and explore issues. The views expressed in testimonies and comments are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University or the views of Utah State University.