The purposes of the Endangered Species Act are to provide a means for conserving the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend and a program for the conservation of such species. The ESA directs all Federal agencies to participate in conserving these species. Specifically, section 7 (a)(1) of the ESA charges Federal agencies to aid in the conservation of listed species, and section 7 (a)(2) requires the agencies, through consultation with the Service, to ensure that their activities are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of listed species or adversely modify designated critical habitats. To learn more, download the Consultations fact sheet.
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What is IPaC (Information, Planning, and Conservation System)?
The IPaC system provides information regarding federally designated and proposed candidate, threatened, and endangered species, final critical habitats, and Service refuges that may occur in the identified areas, or may be affected by the proposed activities.
To use the IPaC system, please click this link.