Endangered and Threatened Species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead federal agency for administering the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). The goal of the Endangered Species Program of the Fish and Wildlife Service is to promote the conservation and recovery of federally-listed endangered and threatened species. This is accomplished through:
The Pennsylvania Field Office (PAFO) is responsible for conserving federally-listed threatened and endangered species that occur within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, the PAFO acts in the capacity of national species lead for the bog turtle, clubshell mussel, northern riffleshell mussel, and northeastern bulrush.
- Identifying species that need protection. The Service is responsible for listing, reclassifying and delisting species under the ESA, based on an assessment of threats to the species and their habitats.
- Providing biological and regulatory technical assistance to Federal agencies through section 7 consultation.
- Providing biological and regulatory technical assistance to biological and technical assistance to non-Federal entities (individuals, organizations, companies, and agencies) regarding activities that may affect listed species.
- Implementing and coordinating recovery activities for listed species.
- Enforcing protections for federally-listed species.
- Providing grants and technical assistance to States to assist with their endangered species conservation efforts.
- Working in partnership with people that have an interest in the conservation and recovery of federally-listed species.
March 24, 2011
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