“We must find a balance. Endangered Species and the Economy 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