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For more than 35 years, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has prevented the probable extinction of hundreds of species across the Nation and contributed to the recovery of many others. Although we have made significant progress in safeguarding imperiled species and their ecosystems, we face continuing challenges. Ensuring that imperiled species continue to be protected and recovered requires an ongoing commitment to implementing a strong, effective ESA—one that is responsive to both the needs of species and to the ideas and concerns of our citizens.

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The Ecological Services Program's commitment to excellence in carrying out our responsibilities under the ESA will guide our efforts to continually enhance our conservation success. To better fulfill the purposes of the ESA and achieve our conservation goals, we will put increasing emphasis on the following principles:

  • Focus on Recovery
  • Provide Conservation Incentives
  • Increase Public Participation
  • Ensure Clear and Consistent Policies and Implementation
  • Base Decisions on Sound Science
  • Reduce the frequency and intensity of conflicts

These guiding principles, our approach for recovering and conserving our nation's imperiled species, and how we will measure our success are further articulated in our vision document for the program. To view the vision document, please click on the links below:

Vision Document [Online View: 3.38MB]        Vision Document Pamphlet [For Printing: 3.18MB]

As we move forward with in our efforts to improve ESA implementation, we will update this site with additional information and opportunities for providing feedback, so please check back often. To receive all of the latest news regarding endangered species, including improvements to ESA implementation, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Last updated: October 2, 2014