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About Us | Partnerships in Conservation | Federal Agencies Programs
Federal Agencies Involved in Species Conservation
Department of Defense
The Service works together with the Department of Defense in a number of ways to promote natural resource conservation including cooperative resource management, natural resource training, endangered species science, and natural resource management information.
Learn more about the Service's partnership with this agency.
USGS Biological Resources Division
The Biological Resources Discipline of the U.S. Geological Survey works with others to provide the scientific understanding and technologies needed to support the sound management and conservation of our Nation's biological resources. Its Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center provides the scientific information needed to do so, with an emphasis on the species and ecosystems of the nation's interior.
U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. As an agency working under this department, the U.S Forest Service works to manage public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres. The USDA maintains the PLANTS Database, which provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
Learn more about the Forest Service.
NOAA Fisheries: Office of Protected Resources
The Office of Protected Resources is a headquarters program office of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service, or NMFS), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, with responsibility for protecting marine mammals and endangered marine life. They are directed by the Act to develop and implement recovery plans for threatened and endangered species and to complete periodic reviews of species that are listed as threatened or endangered to ensure that the listing of these species remains accurate.
National Park Service
Over a thousand populations of federally listed threatened and endangered species are found in National Park Service (NPS) units. The NPS seeks to be proactive in determining the status of rare species and cooperating with other agencies to conserve declining species to avoid listing under the ESA. Every park provides yearly information on the status of their current threatened and endangered species, the trend of the population, and the money spent on recovery and monitoring.
Learn more about threatened and endangered species in the National Park System.
Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment -- air, water and land -- upon which life depends. They have joined with NOAA and the state of Florida in the establishment of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to conserve and manage endangered coral reefs. The Marine Sanctuary operates under a broad-based management plan intended to enhance the sustainability of the Florida Keys reefs.
Learn more about the EPA's coral reef protection efforts.
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