Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Environmental Law

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and the habitats in which they are found. Under the ESA, a species is considered:

  • Endangered if it is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
  • Threatened if it is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future.

The lead federal agencies for implementing ESA are U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS): 

https://www.fws.gov/

Worldwide list of endangered species and Q&A:

https://www.fws.gov/program/endangered-species/species

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service which includes find species, laws and policies, sciences and data, and featured news. 

Welcome to NOAA | NOAA Fisheries