Skip to comments.Dunes Sagebrush lizard neither endangerd, nor threatened [Good news from the oil patch]
Posted on 06/13/2012 12:39:15 PM PDT by Ranald S. MacKenzie
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined a lizard indigenous to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico is neither threatened nor endangered.
The service announced Wednesday it will withdraw its proposal to list the lizard as such under the Endangered Species Act.
This is a great example of how states and landowners are taking early, landscape-level action to protect a creature and its habitat before it requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement. The voluntary conservation efforts of Texas and New Mexico, oil and gas operators, private landowners and other stakeholders show that we dont have to choose between energy development and the protection our land and wildlife we can do both.
In December 2010, the service proposed listing the lizard under the act and has since reviewed scientific information provided by the Bureau of Land Management and Texas A&M University to better locate known lizard locales.
The Endangered Species Act requires the decision to list an animal be based on the best available science.
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe praised the efforts of state governments to cooperate with federal authorities to establish protection plans for the lizard that paved the way for Wednesdays decision.
The Candidate Conservation Agreements entered into by Texas and New Mexico aim to protect the lizards habitat without crippling ranching and oil and gas operations.
These ongoing efforts will play a key role in ensuring the future of the lizard, while allowing responsible oil and gas development to continue, Ashe said in a statement.
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association praised the decision to withdraw its listing proposal.
This announcement is good news for Texas landowners, Joe Parker Jr., rancher and TSCRA president, said in a statement. It is an excellent example of how stakeholders can voluntarily work together without the need for more federal regulation.
The endangered species act is not about endangered species.
It's about advancing UN Agenda 21.
That sounds like a challenge! ... I wonder how they taste deep fried?
Dunno. My cat beat me to it and ate one raw this morning.