Science and the Endangered Species Act
National Research Council, Commission on Life Sciences, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Scientific Issues in the Endangered Species Act
National Academies Press, Oct 13, 1995 - Science - 288 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
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Executive Summary 1
Species Extinctions 24
Species Definitions And The Endangered Species Act 46
The Role of Habitat Conservation and Recovery Planning 71
HabitatRelated Standards 89
Conservation Conflicts Between Species 111
Estimating Risk 124
Making ESA Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty 148
Areas of Scientific Uncertainty 179
Beyond the Endangered Species Act 193
A Letter from Congress Requesting ESA Study 207