Science and the Endangered Species Act
National Academies Press, Oct 13, 1995 - Science - 271 pages
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