Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas


What is the Endangered Species List?


The endangered species list is comprised of animals deemed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be on the brink of extinction. When a species is added to the list, development in their habitat may be restricted. In Texas, areas of residential, commercial and drilling development have intersected with the habitat of species either on the list or under consideration for inclusion.

The list was signed into law as part of the Endangered Species Act in 1973 by President Richard Nixon.

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Traditional Instrument Makers Struggle Under Federal Endangered Wood Rules

Mandolins, guitars and banjos line the walls of the Fiddlers Green Music Shop in Austin, Texas. Every instrument has its own unique sound, something that depends on craftsmanship and musicianship and something else: wood. ‚ÄúThis is a Dreadnought. This would be in the style of a Martin, this has an Adirondack spruce top. And then […]

Meet the Texas Salamanders That Could Be Endangered Soon

Four Central Texas Salamanders have recently been proposed to be listed on the endangered species list by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. You can learn more about the salamanders, and where they live in the region, in the slideshow above. These salamanders are local to specific areas within the Edwards Aquifer region and have […]

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 […]

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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