Barriers to Endangered Species Act Delisting, Part I

Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
Subcommittee on the Interior, Energy, and Environment
Hearing Date: April 20, 2016 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building


  • To explore barriers the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service face when making a determination and attempting to delist species from the ESA.


  • The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides for the conservation of species endangered or threatened throughout all or a significant portion of their range, and the conservation of the ecosystems on which they depend.
  • Approximately 2,258 species are listed as endangered or threatened under the ESA.
  • In order for a species to be delisted, threats to the species must be eliminated or controlled, based on several factors including population sizes and trends and the stability of habitat quality and quantity.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Karen Budd-Falen Senior Partner Budd-Falen Law Offices Document
Lowell Baier Attorney at Law Environmental Historian Document
Rob Thornton Partner Nossaman, LLP Document
Joel Bousman Chairman, Board of County Commissioners Sublette County, WY Document
Mr. Robert Glicksman J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law The George Washington University Law School Document

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