WDC40: Endangered Species Science and Policy

(Multistate Research Coordinating Committee and Information Exchange Group)

Status: Inactive/Terminating

WDC40: Endangered Species Science and Policy

Duration: 04/01/2017 to 09/30/2018

Administrative Advisor(s):

NIFA Reps:

Statement of Issues and Justification

Species of plants and animals are nominated for consideration of Threatened or Endangered Status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. “Endangered” means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range. “Threatened” means a species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future. All species of plants and animals, except pest insects, are eligible for listing as endangered or threatened. For the purposes of the ESA, Congress defined species to include subspecies, varieties, and, for vertebrates, distinct population segments. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) (and the National Marine Fisheries Service, which shares responsibility for administration of the ESA) were directed under the Interagency Policy on Information Standards under the ESA (FR Doc. 94-16022; http://www.fws.gov/endangered/laws-policies/policy-information-standards.html) to make decisions that represent the best scientific and commercial data available. Researchers at land-grant universities arebe conducting research on biological/ecological and socioeconomicaspects of the species under consideration or potentially under consideration. This Development Committee will write a proposal to further the integration of land-grant university science into ESA decision making with special focus on species of the sagebrush ecosystem and Western Region.



  1. Write a proposal for a full, 5-year multistate project

Procedures and Activities

Expected Outcomes and Impacts

Projected Participation

View Appendix E: Participation

Educational Plan


Literature Cited


Land Grant Participating States/Institutions


Non Land Grant Participating States/Institutions

University of Idaho
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