NSSGA Comments on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposed Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations Pertaining to Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants, 50 CFR 17
The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) is pleased to submit these comments on proposed U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations Pertaining to Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In general, NSSGA finds the proposed changes unjustifiably expand the scope of the ESA. NSSGA represents the aggregates and industrial sand industry of our country, with over 9,000 facilities and more than 100,000 employees in high-paying jobs. Our industry exists side-by-side with nature, and many of our members voluntarily set aside areas of their property for wildlife habitats. NSSGA believes that the protection of endangered species is important, and supports a consistent, transparent and scientific approach to protection, while balancing the need for continued economic growth.