Endangered Species Act Memo from President Obama


President Obama visited the Interior Department today to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its first Interior secretary. He got a warm reception from employees. He reminisced about his first visits to national parks as an 11-year-old, which, btw, was the same time Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, was first entering the Senate as a very young man.

“That [park trip] was an experience I will never forget,” the new president said. “It’s an experience I want for my daughters and all our daughters and sons.”

Obama also announced key changes in implementing the endangered species law. He said his memo would “help restore the scientific process to its rightful place at the heart of the Endangered Species Act.” (The full memo text is below; paragraphs added.) More undoing of last-minute changes by the previous administration. This will only delay plans even longer to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list in states including Montana, Idaho and portions of Washington, Oregon and Utah.

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