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Species Conservation under the Endangered Species Act: Science, Partnerships, and Effectiveness

RFF First Wednesday Seminar
December 4, 2013

About the Event

The US Endangered Species Act (ESA) has provided a critical safety net for conserving the nation’s species in the 40 years since it was passed. However, effective implementation of the ESA remains a challenge in light of increasing threats to species; uncertainties about the pace, scope, and extent of environmental changes and their impacts on species; and limited resources for implementing species protection. Furthermore, the ESA traditionally has taken a species-by-species approach that constrains the ability to focus on the health of ecosystems and address complex threats that often unfold at the landscape scale. This RFF First Wednesday Seminar brings together diverse panelists to discuss strategies and opportunities for overcoming these challenges. Panelists will draw on examples of success and new strategies to suggest paths for increasing the effectiveness of ESA implementation going forward.

Event Audio and Video

Event Audio (mp3)


Rebecca Epanchin-Niell, Fellow, Resources for the Future


Brad Gruver, Species Conservation Planning Section Leader, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

David Festa, Vice President, West Coast and Land, Water, Wildlife, Environmental Defense Fund

Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice President, Colorado Cattlemen's Association

Paul Souza, Deputy Assistant Director for Ecological Services, US Fish and Wildlife Service


John Kostyack, Vice President, Wildlife Conservation, National Advocacy Center, National Wildlife Federation

Lynn Scarlett, Managing Director of Public Policy, The Nature Conservancy

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