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Endangered Species Act

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Legislation: ESA bills in the U.S. Congress
Pombo Bill HR 3824
Crapo Bill S2110


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Current News on National ESA Policy and Politics
Weekly Roundup of Endangered Species News


ESA Success: Endangered Species Act Successes and Info
100 Success Stories
Northeast Species

ESA Facts and Figures: Research and Policy Papers
Critical Habitat Works
Extinction Analysis
Bush Admininstration Implementation of the ESA


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The Endangered Species Act

The Endangered Species Act is America’s safety net for plants and animals on the brink of extinction. Enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act today protects more than 1200 species and the habitats on which they depend within the United States and its territories.
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Endangered Species Success

The Endangered Species Act has been successful in preventing the extinction of the some of America’s most iconic wildlife, such as the American bald eagle, the black-footed ferret, the gray whale, the peregrine falcon, and the spotted owl, as well as many lesser known plants and animals like the San Clemente Indian paintbrush and the Big Bend gambusia.
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Protecting Critical Habitat

The best way to protect threatened and endangered species is to protect the special places they call home. The Endangered Species Act does this by protecting critical habitat—the areas essential to the survival or recovery of endangered species. And it works! Endangered species with critical habitat protections are twice as likely to be improving as those without it.
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Working for Endangered Species Conservation

The Center for Biological Diversity is a leading advocate for the protection of endangered species and their habitats nationally and around the world. We have successfully advocated for the protection of hundreds of species and their habitats, including hundreds of millions of acres from Alaska to Mexico to Hawaii and other islands in the Pacific.
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Political Attacks on the Endangered Species Act

Unfortunately, real estate developers, the oil and gas industries, and the politicians to whom they give money are working to undermine endangered species protections. This includes Congressional legislation to remove protections for endangered species and their habitat. Click here to learn more. The Administration is also undermining endangered species recovery efforts by refusing to implement protections for endangered species and habitat.
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Working for Endangered Species Conservation

Besides working to protect endangered species and habitat, the Center for Biological Diversity is a leading defender of the Endangered Species Act itself. The Center for Biological Diversity has been working in Washington, DC, to educate Congress, our members, the public, and the media about the threats facing endangered species and the importance of the Endangered Species Act. We will continue to work to oppose Congressional bills and Administrative policies that would dismantle protections for America's endangered plants and animals.
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