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Texas House Approves Bill Ending Comptroller’s Endangered Species Duties

Update: HB 3509 passed out of the state House Thursday, the final day for bills to be voted out. Earlier: The Texas House could vote today on a bill that would strip the Texas Comptroller’s office of its endangered species monitoring duties and send the job over to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Advocates […]

Saving the Salamanders: Conservation vs. Development

Two Texas politicians have introduced legislation to block several species of salamanders in Central Texas from being recognized as endangered or threatened species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) identified several salamanders (the Austin Blind, Georgetown, Jollyville Plateau and Salado Springs) as candidates to be listed as endangered or threatened species. Some of the […]

Dunes Sagebrush Lizard Not Endangered

The Dunes Sagebrush Lizard, a native of the Permian Basin, will not find its way onto the threatened or endangered species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today cited the Texas Conservation Plan (TCP) as adequate protection for the species. “We have determined that the lizard is no longer in danger of extinction and […]

Texas Senator Moves to Block Lizard from Endangered Species List

Today Texas Senator John Cornyn filed an amendment to the Energy Tax Credits Modification bill on the Senate Floor that would block the listing of the Dunes Sage Brush Lizard as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is due to make an announcement in June on whether the creature will be added […]

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