Bill Would Remove Requirement to Reinitiate ESA Consultations Between USDA and DOI Under Certain Circumstances

House Resolution 200, the “Forest Information Reform Act,” would provide that the Secretary of Agriculture and Secretary of the Interior are no longer required to reinitiate Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations on approved, amended, or revised Forest Service Plans or Bureau of Land Management Plans when the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service lists new species or designates critical habitats. The bill was introduced by Representative Matt Rosendale and has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Agriculture.