Professor Stoellingers Research Cited in Endangered Species Act Reform Discourse


A recent publication by Professor Temple Stoellinger is proving to be a key asset in the current discussion of reforming the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA). The article, “Wildlife Issues are Local – So Why Isn’t ESA Implementation?” was published in the 2017 fall issue of Ecology Law Quarterly, and offers insight into the interpretation of a long-forgotten section of the ESA permitting more authority to the individual states on endangered species matters.

A discussion draft bill recently proposed by Senator John Barasso, leaning heavily on the work spearheaded by Governor Matt Mead (J.D. ’87) through the Western Governor’s Association, seeks to make several changes to the ESA. The proposed legislation has brought new attention on the subject and opened the door for dialogue.

Professor Stoellinger’s publication has been helpful to inform the larger conversation on the state’s role of the implementation of the ESA and the history of the Act itself. The research brief explores the legislative history of the ESA and proposes a solution that would give states greater authority to manage listed species without needing to implement reforms to the actual law.

Professor Stoellinger has been cited in news media outlets across Wyoming including Wyoming Public Media, the Casper Star Tribune, and the Wyoming Business Report.

The College of Law is extremely proud to have to see the efforts of our faculty at the forefront of national legislative discussions.


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