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The Pigeon Mountain salamander is no longer at-risk of needing federal protection. Photo by John P. Clare, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

At-risk species conservation

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Listing a plant or animal as federally protected under the Endangered Species Act is proven to be successful in preventing extinction.

However, providing a plant or animal this level of protection is America’s last line of defense. There are tremendous opportunities for voluntary conservation actions, undertaken before a species requires listing, to preclude the need to list species and improve habitats for listed, at-risk and common species alike.

A plant or animal is considered “at-risk” when:

  • It is proposed for listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act,
  • It is a candidate species for listing, or
  • It has been petitioned by a third party for listing.

Learn more about the Southeast Region’s at-risk species strategy.

A small beige turtle with dark brown spots on it's shell standing on sandy sparsly vegetated ground.
A baby gopher tortoise. Photo by Randy Browning, USFWS.
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    At-risk species conservation

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Whether you’re a landowner, state wildlife agency, private corporation, university or average American citizen, there are numerous opportunities to undertake voluntary actions to conserve species at-risk.

Learn more about at-risk species in the reading room.

To discuss the possibilities and to learn more, please contact:


Martha Keller, At-Risk Species Coordinator, (404) 679-4016

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