As the Endangered Species Act hits 50, unattained milestones renew calls for reform

Critics of the ESA say that it falls significantly short of the goals set by Congress over five decades ago.

The Endangered Species Act was established in 1973 to prevent the loss or harm of threatened species and their habitats, but over time, lawsuits have piled up over species decisions. Critics of the legislation say that it falls significantly short of the goals set by Congress over five decades ago.

To ease unnecessary land use restrictions and costly permitting requirements for farmers and ranchers, members of the Western Caucus are prioritizing ESA reform this year.

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