Interior Department Simplifies Permits for Voluntary Conservation Programs

The agency revises the Endangered Species Act to encourage more landowner participation.

The Department of the Interior has finalized changes to its conservation permitting process for landowners. The agency simplified the process required to voluntarily conserve pieces of land under the Endangered Species Act. 

Section 10(a) of the Endangered Species Act allows private landowners to register protected species on their land and participate in federal conservation efforts. Previously, the registration process involved multiple steps to file individual agreements in succession. This update streamlines all these agreements into one, reducing the complexities interested volunteers face.

“The Endangered Species Act’s achievements are demonstrated across our nation with hundreds of at-risk species now stable or improving thanks to the collaborative actions of federal agencies, state, Tribal and local governments, industry, conservation organizations and private citizens,” said Secretary Deb Haaland, adding that these improvements “are being leveraged to ensure the ongoing conservation of our species and their habitats.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Interior Department officials as they streamline the process for voluntary participation in conservation by landowners.
  • For wisdom for Secretary Haaland as she oversees the Interior Department and its programs.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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