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Why do We Care About Endangered Species in North Carolina?

THE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act) recognizes that many of our nation's valuable plant and wildlife resources have been lost and that other species are close to extinction. The Act provides a means to help preserve these species and their habitat for future generations.

WHY SHOULD WE BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE LOSS OF SPECIES?
Extinction is a natural process that has been occurring since long before the existence of man. Normally, new species develop, through a process known as speciation, at about the same rate that other species become extinct. However, because of air and water pollution, forest clearing, loss of wetlands, and other man-induced environmental changes, extinctions are now occurring at a rate that far exceeds the speciation rate. Each extinction diminishes the diversity and complexity of life on earth. The loss of a single species may result in few environmental repercussions however, all life on earth is interconnected. If enough "living connections" are broken, whole ecosystems could fail the balance of nature could be forever altered, and our own survival could be jeopardized. Furthermore, the diversity of animal and plant life provide us with food and many of our life-saving medicines. When a species is lost, the benefits it might have provided are gone forever.


Other Sites of Interest

  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service National Endangered Species Home Page
  • North Carolina State Natural Heritage Program Home Page

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