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    Interagency Task Force on Economic Growth & Endangered Species

    The task force provides policy and technical assistance to local and regional governmental entities and communities engaged in economic development activities.

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    Funded Research

    The Comptroller’s Office awards contracts for research studies to eligible Texas public universities through a competitive procurement process by issuing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) or by entering into inter-agency contracts (IACs) directly with eligible universities selected for award in accordance with Chapter 771 of the Texas Government Code.

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    Proposed delisting of Louisiana black bear

    The Louisiana black bear, which has potential habitat in Texas, may soon be removed from the threatened species list. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service points to an increasing population as reason for delisting the inspiration for the original “Teddy Bear.”

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    Welcome to Keeping Texas First

    “We must find a balance. Keeping Texas First explains our plan for protecting natural resources and our state’s robust economy. Working together, we can preserve both.”

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    New proposed petitioning rule

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a proposed rule to change how petitions can be filed to list endangered and threatened species. If adopted the changes will increase state involvement and require more information from petitioners.

Welcome to Keeping Texas First

“We must find a balance. Keeping Texas First explains our plan for protecting natural resources and our state’s robust economy. Working together, we can preserve both.”

This site is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date on the work your state government is doing to safeguard the economy by ensuring that compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is as efficient and cost effective as possible.

With the expertise of state agencies, universities and local communities, we can find solutions that protect the state’s economic health and natural heritage for future generations.

It won’t be easy. Texas is one of the nation’s most biologically diverse states – and home to one of the world’s largest economies. By working together, we can protect our economy and our environment better than the federal government or any single interest group. That’s why the Legislature has tasked my office with taking the lead on this crucial work.

The ESA is powerful and affects us all. It has threatened agricultural production, oil and gas exploration and our military bases. But it is the law of the land and is an important tool for protecting the iconic species of Texas and the natural systems we all depend on for benefits such as clean water and the pollination of crops.

We hope you will join us in our mission to ensure Texas maintains a robust economy while protecting its vibrant natural resources.

Sincerely,

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts