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Whether you are looking for a specific document pertaining to species listing, sections of the Endangered Species Act, or anything else related to endangered species policy, you can find it right here in our library.

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Endangered Species Act Basics: 40 Years of Conserving Endangered Species

When Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973, it recognized that our rich natural heritage is of “esthetic, ecological, educational, recreational, and scientific value to our Nation and its people.” It further expressed concern that many of our nation’s native plants and animals...

Why Save Endangered Species?

Although extinctions occur naturally, scientific evidence strongly indicates that the current rate of extinction is much higher than the natural or background rate of the past. The main force driving this higher rate of loss is habitat loss. Over-exploitation of wildlife for commercial purposes...

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service share responsibility for administration of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have issued internal guidance and national policies to promote efficiency and nationwide...
This library collection includes information related to species that are candidates for Endangered Species Act protection, voluntary prelisting conservation, and current policies and regulations.
This library collection includes policies and regulations related to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act, guidance documents, and other information related to the Listing and Classification Program.
The goal of the Endangered Species Act is the recovery of listed species to levels where federal protection is no longer necessary for survival. Toward that goal, we work with partners to develop and implement recovery plans, conduct periodic status reviews to assess ongoing conservation efforts of...
This library collection includes information about habitat conservation plans, as well as national guidance and policy documents.
This library collection includes general information regarding interagency consultations under the Endangered Species Act, as well as national guidance and policies.
As many species currently listed as federally endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) spend at least part of their life cycle on non-federal lands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) recognizes that recovery success will ultimately depend on working cooperatively...
Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act is designed to regulate a wide range of activities affecting plants and animals designated as endangered or threatened, and the habitats upon which they depend. With some exceptions, the law prohibits activities affecting these protected species and their...
The owners and managers of land can and do play a vital role in conserving our nation’s imperiled wildlife. Most threatened and endangered species, listing candidates, and species of concern depend at least in part on private and other nonfederal lands. The Fish and Wildlife Service offers a...