ESA

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A Database of Habitat Conservation Plans and Related Documents Developed Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, non-federal parties may be permitted to take, or harm, listed threatened and endangered species provided they develop an appropriate habitat conservation plan that details how the applicant will minimize and …
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Status of the recovery mandate under section 7(a)(1) of the U.S. Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is widely considered to be one of the strongest laws for protecting imperiled wildlife, with nearly all species protected under the law still existing today. Among the ESA's strongest provisions, at least as …
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Consequences of Resource Limitations on ESA Implementation

The U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) is widely considered the strongest wildlife protection law in the world: almost every species listed is still with us today and many are on the path to recovery. Somewhat amazingly, it has earned this reputation …
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Tracking Species Recovery Status to Improve Endangered Species Act Decisions

The U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) protects over 2,000 species, but no concise, standardized metrics exist for assessing changes in species recovery status. Tracking these changes is crucial to understanding species status, adjusting conservation …

The Endangered Species Act 101: Habitat Conservation Plans

Threatened and endangered species on private lands need protection too. Megan Evansen, our Conservation Science and Policy Analyst explains how Habitat Conservation Plans work.

Update to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service endangered species program FY 2022 request

The FY 2022 update on the funding needs for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) endangered species program, building on CCI’s funding analysis from 2019 , where we found that the FWS receives less than half of what is needed to run the ESA …
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Lesser prairie-chicken habitat changes since court delisting

The conservation status of the lesser prairie-chicken (_Tympanuchus pallidicintus_) is being assessed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services as part of the Species Status Assessment process, which will be used to make a listing determination for the …
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NWR Spending Dashboard

This small dashboard illustrates funding across National Wildlife Refuges in the U.S. and is based on annual report data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Check it out to discover the amounts and locations of expenditures for growing the …

The Endangered Species Act 101: Habitat

Wildlife depend on habitat to survive. Megan Evansen, our Conservation Science & Policy Analyst, looks at the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep as an example of how endangered species rely on critical habitat for food and shelter.
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Defining habitat to promote conservation under the ESA

The Supreme Court’s opinion in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 139 S. Ct. 361 (2018), raises important questions about the scope of the Endangered Species Act's protections for critical habitat. In a short ruling, the …