“It is encouraging to see efforts to strengthen the Endangered Species Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stepping up to support imperiled species in the face of growing pressure from climate change and development. We thank the Biden administration for their leadership to advance protection of our nation’s incredible wildlife,"

Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife
Washington, DC

Today, the Biden administration proposed a new rule to significantly strengthen the federal government’s ability to protect threatened and endangered species in the face of climate change.  

If finalized, the rule would allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to introduce experimental populations of Endangered Species Act-listed animals outside of their historic range. The current rule does not allow FWS  flexibility to do this despite widespread human development and worsening climate change impacting where species have historically survived. 

“It is encouraging to see efforts to strengthen the Endangered Species Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stepping up to support imperiled species in the face of growing pressure from climate change and development. We thank the Biden administration for their leadership to advance protection of our nation’s incredible wildlife,” said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife.

Congress amended the Endangered Species Act in 1982 to allow the federal government to create experimental populations to help recover threatened and endangered species. Though Congress did not require such populations be restricted to the species’ historical range, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service subsequently implemented regulations that added that restriction. 

An experimental population is a population of threatened or endangered species that has been re-introduced into the wild, separate from currently-existing populations.  
 

Defenders of Wildlife is celebrating 75 years of protecting all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With a nationwide network of nearly 2.2 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit defenders.org/newsroom and follow us on Twitter @Defenders.

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