Protection and Recovery Using the Endangered Species Act

The purposes of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are "to provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved" and "to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered and threatened species." The ESA functions as the ultimate backstop when urgent steps are needed to prevent the extinction of a species. Once a species is listed as threatened or endangered, the ESA requires that federal agencies further the conservation of the species and ensure that their own activities are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of such species or destroy or adversely modify their critical habitat.

The purposes of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) are "to provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved" and "to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered and threatened species." The ESA functions as the ultimate backstop when urgent steps are needed to prevent the extinction of a species. Once a species is listed as threatened or endangered, the ESA requires that federal agencies further the conservation of the species and ensure that their own activities are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of such species or destroy or adversely modify their critical habitat.

In the words of President Barack Obama:

"For more than three decades, the Endangered Species Act has successfully protected our nation's most threatened wildlife, and we should be looking for ways to improve it -- not weaken it."

March 3, 2009, Remarks by the President to Commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Department of Interior

For more information on our work regarding ESA listing and the different ESA protections that result from a listing, click on the links below.

The Endangered Species Act is one of our nation's strongest environmental laws.

Listing

Critical Habitat

Recovery Planning

Consultation: Prohibiting a Federal Agency from Jeopardizing a Species's Existence or Adversely Modifying Critical Habitat

Take Prohibition: Limiting Harm to Species

Habitat Conservation Plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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