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.
National Research Council. 1995. Science and the Endangered Species Act. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/4978.
|2 Species Extinctions||24-45|
|3 Species Definitions and the Endangered Species Act||46-70|
|4 The Role of Habitat Conservation and Recovery Planning||71-93|
|5 Modern Perspectives of Habitat||94-110|
|6 Conservation Conflicts Between Species||111-123|
|7 Estimating Risk||124-147|
|8 Making ESA Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty||148-178|
|9 Areas of Scientific Uncertainty||179-192|
|10 Beyond the Endangered Species Act||193-204|
|Appendix C Biographical Information on Committee Members||259-262|
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