Private Property and the Endangered Species Act: Saving Habitats, Protecting Homes

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University of Texas Press, 1998 - Nature - 153 pages
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Our whole nation benefits from the preservation of natural habitats and their diversity of animal and plant species—yet small groups of private landowners often bear most of the costs of setting land aside for conservation purposes. This imbalance has generated many conflicts since the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973 and remains one of the most controversial issues to be resolved as the ESA makes its way through Congress for reauthorization.

To provide policy makers, landowners, and other stakeholders in the ESA debates with impartial baseline information, this book offers multidisciplinary perspectives on the role that private property plays in protecting endangered species in the United States. The opening chapter traces the evolution of the ESA and set forth the parameters of the debate over regulation of private property. Four subsequent chapters explore the judicial and economic implications of ESA and suggest how issues of scale and diversity affect the implementation of the ESA on private property. The volume concludes with eight principles to help frame the ongoing ESA reauthorization debate, developed by the University of Wyoming's Institute for Environment and Natural Resources Policy Board, the sponsor of the research presented in this book.

 

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This timely and thorough analysis of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) grew out of a May 1996 forum at the Institute for Environmental and Natural Resources Policy at the University of Wyoming. The ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Evolution of the Endangered Species Act
8
Judicial Application of the Endangered Species Act and the Implications for Takings of Protected Species and Private Property
25
Biological Effectiveness and Economic Impacts of the Endangered Species Act
48
The Intent and Implementation of the Endangered Species Act A Matter of Scale
70
The Private Lands Challenge Integrating Biodiversity Conservation and Private Property
92
Principles to Measure the Endangered Species Act Reauthorization Debate
138
Contributors
145
Index
147
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Jason F. Shogren is the Stroock Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management and Professor of Economics at the University of Wyoming.

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