President Kelt submits comments on proposed definition of habitat for the ESA on behalf of ASM

On 31 August, President Kelt submitted a pulbic comment regarding the defintion of habitat in the proposed rule 50 CFR 424. The proposed definition could limit recovery plans by preventing use of ecosystem restoration or habitat management in unoccupied areas. Further, the defintion implies that habitat is static, which is not reflective of scientific understanding in landscape ecology and wildlife habitat management. The future challenges of climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances will require human intervention to facilitate species persistence. 

Read the full letter here.