August 29, 2019 VOM Podcast

ESA Reform – Dancing with the Courts or Back to the 2-step?

The Endangered Species Act. Though its popularity is high, its track record is mixed, at best. In Montana, we’ve been wondering what it will take to get the grizzly bear in the Northern Rockies and Yellowstone ecosystems across the ESA finish line?

Instead of always dancing with the courts, how about we go back to the 2-step.

Jonathan Wood is an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation and research fellow with PERC, the Property and Environment Research Center, based in Bozeman.  Based on his studies, though ESA and EAJA (Equal Access to Justice Act) reform is needed, going back to the original 2-step approach of the ESA would create incentives to accomplish the goal of species recovery.