Home > issues > Page

Issue Overview

Signed into law in 1973, the original goal of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was to preserve and recover key domestic species from the brink of extinction. However, today the law is failing to achieve its primary purpose of species recovery and instead has become a tool for litigation that drains resources away from real recovery efforts on the state, tribal and local level and blocks job-creating economic activities. In addition, the Obama Administration is selectively enforcing and administering components of the ESA through closed-door settlements, executive orders and regulations that lack actual transparent data to benefit their policy agenda. Congress last renewed the ESA in 1988, which means it has been 27 years since any substantial updates have been made. With new technological capabilities readily available and strong support for conserving endangered species, there are key areas where improvements could be made to make the law more effective for both species and people in the 21st century. After more than four decades, the ESA should be modernized and updated to once again focus the law on true species recovery. At the beginning of the 114th Congress, the Committee elevated ESA to the Full Committee.

ESA Working Group Final Report 2014

Recent Activity:


Latest News

Secretary Zinke Touts Administration’s Progress to Enhance Public Access to Public Lands

Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources received testimony from Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke on the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget request and DOI’s policy p...... Read more

Bishop Announces Senior Staff Changes

House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) today announced Parish Braden has been named Deputy Staff Director for the Committee, following Todd Ungerecht, who is retiring from the...... Read more

House Passes Poliquin’s Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act

Today, the House passed H.R. 4266, the “Acadia National Park Boundary Clarification Act.” Introduced by Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME), the bipartisan bill addresses long-standing land and resource manage...... Read more

View All News


No upcoming scheduled events

View All Events