ARTBA expressed support November 6 for a draft policy released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) which gives credit to state agencies, private landowners and other parties for voluntary measures taken to protect species before they become listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  This credit would be taken into consideration by FWS when deciding what, if any, further measures need to be taken to protect the species after it is listed.  For transportation improvement projects, the draft policy offers a chance to anticipate and address ESA issues at the beginning of a project, rather than having the project delayed due to regulatory or legal issues arising during the construction process.  Read ARTBA’s comments.