Sierra Club asks DNREC to convene a task force for the protection of Endangered Species
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club asks DNREC to convene a task force for the protection of Endangered Species.
The Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club requests that the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control convene a task force to examine the needs of endangered species in Delaware, and to make recommendations for improvements to Title 7, Chapter 6 of the Delaware Code, Endangered Species.
Current endangered species legislation is inadequate to protect endangered species in Delaware. Title 7 Chapter 6 of the Delaware Code, which has not been updated since the early 1990s, only prohibits the sale and importation of endangered species, and identifies enforcement and permitting authority. Delaware does not have protection measures for endangered species habitat, listing and delisting authority to identify threatened and endangered species status based on sound science, and protection of endangered species from being hunted, harmed, harassed, or killed. Stronger endangered species protections are desperately needed in Delaware.
Because of species' value to ecosystems and to humans and for their intrinsic values, every effort should be made to prevent the extinction of species due to human activities. The Sierra Club vigorously supports strong and vibrant state endangered species acts and related laws as well as recovery programs that protect wildlife, plants, and natural ecosystems.
A task force on endangered species would assist the State of Delaware in developing appropriate modifications to the Delaware Code.