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What is the Endangered Species Act?

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted in 1973. Its goals are to protect plants and animals listed by the federal government as "endangered" or "threatened." An endangered species is one that is in danger of extinction. A threatened species is one likely to become an endangered species. There are two central sections:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) enforce the ESA.

Why is the ESA Important?

The ESA is important because it has a lot of potential to affect private property interests. There are several things that the ESA does, including:

How Can I Request to List a Species as Endangered or Threatened?

The process of requesting to list a species as threatened or endangered is as follows:

Do I Need a Lawyer Experienced with the Endangered Species Act?

A lawyer who has experience with the Endangered Species Act would be able to inform you on how you can take advantage of the ESA to protect a species. A lawyer would also be able to inform you of the specifics of the law and your chances in getting a species listed.

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Last Modified: 12-08-2011 04:39 PM PST

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