Officials Search for Cost of Endangered Species Act Listings

State officials are also soliciting proposals for an analysis of the economic costs of Endangered Species Act listings.

The commerce department seeks responses by Sept. 19.

The department is seeking a study that quantifies the economic impact of the federal government setting aside critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act. According to the solicitation, there has been a “constant expansion” of use of the act since the 1970s.

In Alaska, it says, potential or actual listings have stopped, slowed or threatened development. It says the economic impacts are “substantial” but wants to determine the size.

There is a $350,000 budget for the project.

The notice says the study’s author should seek to have the results published in a “respected, peer-reviewed journal.”

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