ROOM: RSCC, F7
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) was transformational in its vision and scope. While the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) prohibited international trade, the ESA was the first U.S. law specifically focused on the conservation of domestic species. This law is the vanguard of species conservation, and has been emulated in various forms throughout the world. The National Marine Fisheries Service (under the Commerce Department) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (under the Department of Interior) are the agencies responsible for enforcing the ESA. In this half-day workshop, we will present the major sections of the ESA and translate their significance (i.e., how to comply with, and encourage furthering the goals of, the ESA) to Federal and State governments, and private citizens. We will provide a copy of the ESA to each participant and encourage highlighting specific passages; the copy provided is for the participant to keep as a reference source. Self-graded quizzes will reinforce the most important aspects participants should remember.
Organizers: Frank Muth, Doug Layer
Supported by: The Widlife Society, American Fisheries Society, National Conservation Training Center, USFWS, USGS