Property rights continue to be a difficult issue in maintaining the health and sustainability of America’s workng forests. Sound conservation practices go hand-in-hand with respecting and protecting essential property rights for caretakers of the land. This section highlights policy initiatives that impact property rights, and actions needed to take to address those issues.
Welcome to Forest America, an initiative among family forest landowners, as well as those engaged in all aspects of private forests. Forest America is committed to informing policy makers, the media and the public about how the responsible management and utilization of forests ensures—and not endangers—the sustainability of working forests in America. There’s a reason why we believe this is so important—while our forests are our livelihood, they are also our heritage and our legacy. We are the owners and stewards of America’s private forests.
The US. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing to list the black pinesnake (BPS) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with a proposed section 4(d) rule. This ruling is vital to forestry stakeholders because it has the potential to set a precedent on forestry management restrictions not only for the BPS, but for all future ESA listings as well.
On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it would be listing the northern long-eared bat as threatened, rather than endangered, as it had initially proposed in October of 2013. The listing gives the bat new protections but does not enforce all of the requirements that would have been relevant had the bat been listed as endangered.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service designated the Northern Long-Eared Bat (NLEB) a threatened species, but attached an interim special rule that it states removes uncalled-for regulatory requirements for landowners, land managers, government agencies, and others in the bat’s multistate range. The listing is seen by some as FWS’s most restrictive designation to date with the potential to affect a number of US industries, including forestry.
Both the interim rule and the final rule regarding the bat’s status will take effect May 4, 2015.
The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has long been one of the major flash points in debates over government interference with property rights.