ESA

Counties of Occurrence of ESA-Listed Species

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides tables of the counties of occurrence of each ESA-listed species, but they have no single table that compiles all species' data into a single location. We fill that gap with this simple, sortable, and …

The Endangered Species Act 101

Learn how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) works in our new series! Meg Evansen, our Conservation Science & Policy Analyst, explains the Endangered Species Act in under 90 seconds in this helpful a series of primers. Click on the links and read the descriptions below to get helpful summaries on the ESA as a whole as well as three critical sections: 4, 7, and 9. Part 1 - The Endangered Species Act 101: An Overview Part 2 - The Endangered Species Act 101: Section 4 Part 3 - The Endangered Species Act 101: Section 7 Part 4 - The Endangered Species Act 101: Section 9 In Part 1, Meg uses sea turtles to help illustrate why the ESA is essential for the recovery of endangered species.

The Endangered Species Act 101: An Overview

In Part 1 of our ESA series, our Conservation Science & Policy Analyst, Meg Evansen, uses sea turtles to help illustrate why the ESA is essential for the recovery of endangered species.

The Endangered Species Act 101: Section 4

Part 2 of our new ESA series breaks down Section 4 - an important section for giving Florida panthers and other species protections. Here, Meg explains how Section 4 helps endangered species move towards the ultimate goal of recovery.

The Endangered Species Act 101: Section 7

Part 3 of the series explores how Section 7 helps recover endangered species like grizzly bears. Meg looks at how Section 7 provides solutions for both, grizzly bears and people, as we work to protect wildlife from extinction.

The Endangered Species Act 101: Section 9

In the final chapter of our ESA series, Part 4, Meg walks through Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act. She uses whooping cranes as an example of how these protections make sure that listed species are afforded the opportunity to recover.

A definition of 'habitat' 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 …

Over $1.5 billion per year is needed to recover Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed species

Recovering species listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires both significant and targeted investments to address the threats that caused the species’ decline and the need for ESA protection. Here we briefly …

Comments on EPA's proposed revised pesticide risk assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its Draft Revised Method for National Level Endangered Species Risk Assessment Process for Biological Evaluations of Pesticides. This proposal updates the to pesticide consultations under …

The Endangered Species Act: Trump Administration Regulations

Disregarding more than 800,000 public comments opposing its proposal to weaken implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Trump administration finalized its sweeping rewrite of ESA regulations that undermine the conservation of …