What Trump administration’s changes to Endangered Species Act could mean for New Jersey

Peregrine Falcon

ALEXIS SHANES / NORTHJERSEY.COM – The federal Endangered Species Act has helped foster the return of peregrine falcons, bald eagles and osprey to New Jersey. But changes to the act recently unveiled by the Trump administration would make it far harder going forward to put New Jersey species on the endangered list even as more of them could be put at risk because of the effects of climate change, state environmental advocates say.

They also say that changes to the act make it more pressing to take advantage of other tools already available to protect species at risk, including federal funds to conserve key habitat.

“As the most densely populated state, we face challenges as great as any state in the country,” said David Wheeler, executive director of the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey …

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