Science and the Endangered Species Act
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a far-reaching law that has sparked intense controversies over the use of public lands, the rights of property owners, and economic versus environmental benefits.
In this volume a distinguished committee focuses on the science underlying the ESA and offers recommendations for making the act more effective.
The committee provides an overview of what scientists know about extinction‚€"and what this understanding means to implementation of the ESA. Habitat‚€"its destruction, conservation, and fundamental importance to the ESA‚€"is explored in detail.
The book analyzes:
The book concludes with a look beyond the Endangered Species Act and suggests additional means of biological conservation and ways to reduce conflicts. It will be useful to policymakers, regulators, scientists, natural-resource managers, industry and environmental organizations, and those interested in biological conservation.