What We Do
While candidate species receive no protection under the Endangered Species Act, one of our main goals is to encourage actions that will eliminate the need to list these species in the future. Toward that end, we provide technical assistance and leverage funding to support conservation of candidate and other at-risk species. Our program:
- provides information to guide strategic approaches to ensure voluntary efforts occur where they are most needed and most likely to be effective in making listing unnecessary;
- facilitates development and implementation of candidate conservation agreements and candidate conservation agreements with assurances; and
- leverages resources by facilitating funding for landowners to engage in voluntary conservation.
Our Projects and Initiatives
We identify candidates for listing and provide conservation recommendations that can remove or reduce threats so that listing becomes unnecessary. This process emphasizes coordination with states and other partners to obtain the best available information on species status and recommendations for conservation. It also provides the foundation for planning and implementing voluntary conservation efforts that are most likely to be effective in improving the status of the species.