The 2009 Legislature’s Senate Bill 2534 created the Interagency Task Force on Economic Growth and Endangered Species.
The task force is charged with providing local and regional governments and the communities they serve with policy and technical assistance regarding compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and related regulations, so that compliance is as efficient and cost effective as possible.
The task force’s member agencies share information on ESA issues; assess the economic impact of proposed listings; develop strategies for protecting endangered species while encouraging economic growth; and provide recommendations and reports on endangered species concerns across the state.
The task force adopted principles to guide its activities and the efforts of any related advisory committees, including the development of recommendations for cost effective approaches to endangered species issues.
Information and Outreach
To assist Texas landowners, communities and businesses with endangered species issues, the task force provides information in a clear, easy-to-use format on matters including:
- The Endangered Species Act
- Species under review
- The listing process
- Comment process for proposed listings and rules
The task force provides information on proposed listings and other actions as well as ESA economic impacts to all who sign up for email updates.Sign up to stay current on endangered species issues.
Meetings and Information Sessions
The task force holds meetings to share important news about species under review and the ongoing initiatives to address endangered species issues that could affect the state’s economy.
Task force member agencies submit comments to appropriate federal agencies and officials on proposed listings and other ESA regulations.
- Comments on proposed listings - see species webpages
- Comments on ESA regulations
- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts comments on FWS and NMFS proposed regulations for impact analysis of critical habitat
- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts comments on FWS proposed policy - Expanding Incentives for Voluntary Conservation under the Endangered Species Act
- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts comments on FWS Draft Policy on Interpretation of the Phrase "Significant Portion of Its Range" in the Endangered Species Act's Definitions of "Endangered Species" and "Threatened Species."
- Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts comments on FWS and NMFS proposed rule - Interagency Cooperation - Endangered Species Act of 1973, as Amended; Incidental Take Statements
The task force analyses the potential economic impact of the ESA and possible species listings.
- Endangered Economy: A Case Study of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard and the West Texas Oil and Gas Industry
- Case studies
- Species webpages and fact sheets containing economic data
The task force identifies strategies and tools to help communities, landowners and businesses work with endangered species issues while growing the economy.
Step-by-Step Guide for Local Communities
The task force developed a step-by-step guide for communities to learn more about the resources available to address endangered species issues.
Data on Species under Review
The task force highlights the importance of gathering data on species under review to better understand their status and provide input on listing proposals.
- In winter 2012, the task force assembled researchers from across the state to identify available data and survey protocols for species under review.
- Information coming soon.
- Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Nature Trackers - learn how to gather data about various species found on public lands or on your own property.
Conservation plans are one of the available mechanisms that communities can use to protect economic growth while conserving species of interest.
- May 2011 - February 2012 - the task force collaborated with a stakeholder group to develop the Texas Conservation Plan, a key factor in FWS’ decision not to list the dunes sagebrush lizard.
- The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is working with impacted entities to develop and implement a conservation plan for the lesser prairie-chicken.
Local Advisory Committees
The task force creates local advisory committees to provide recommendations on strategies for specific species.
- Camp Bullis Advisory Committee
- Houston Toad Advisory Committee
- Lesser Prairie-Chicken Advisory Committee
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