On October 10, 2013, Roger Marzulla testified before the Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives working group on Endangered Species Act. The title of the forum was “40 Years of the Endangered Species Act and Seeking Improvement for People and Species.” The hearing featured 17 panelists, representing diverse groups and interests from across the country, all of whom had one message for Congress: fix the Endangered Species Act. The participants all discussed different ways in which the Endangered Species Act can and should be changed to improve its effectiveness and fairness. Participants highlighted the need to empower states, local governments, and private landowners to conserve species and avoid federal listings, the need for balance within the law, the importance of transparent data and science and the need to prevent the ESA from being a tool for lawsuits and closed-door settlements with litigious groups.
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