Texas Blind Salamander Typhlomolge rathbuni A blind salamander stopping for a moment on a rock underwater. These are very difficult to photograph! The Texas blind salamander is a sightless, cave-dwelling salamander that reaches a mature length of about 13 centimeters 5 inches. It is a slender, frail-legged amphibian, white or pinkish in color with a fringe of blood-red, external gills.
To date, 2, species are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, with 1, of those in the United States. For both plants and animals, many more species are listed as endangered than as threatened. Petitions and lawsuits by the Center have so far resulted in the listing of more than plants and animals — and we've helped save hundreds more in ways other than listing.
We aim to help protect and list many others. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the auspices of the Interior Department — responsible for protecting land animals, plants, and freshwater fish — and the National Marine Fisheries Service, within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — responsible for protecting marine species.
Species can be nominated for listing in one of two ways. Much more commonly, however, one of the agencies will be spurred by a citizen petition by a group or individual to list a given plant or animal.
In the case of a listing proposal, the Fish and Wildlife Service or Fisheries Service has one year to publish its final decision on listing, and if listing is ultimately greenlit, protections for the species must officially take effect 30 days after the decision is made.
All agency findings and rules are published in a Department of the Interior publication called the Federal Register.
Under these legally binding timelines, the listing of a species should take at most two years from the submission of a petition. But despite the obvious urgency to protect species as quickly as possible, this has rarely occurred. Instead, species have experienced delays in listing in many cases lasting decades, and the majority have only been listed following litigation by the Center for Biological Diversity and other organizations.
Of currently listed species in the United States covered by the U. The listing of species slowed to a crawl during the eight years of the Bush administration, which listed a mere 62 species, all under court order, for a rate of seven species per year.
In contrast, the Clinton administration listed species for a rate of 65 species per year and the Bush Sr. Meanwhile, literally hundreds, if not even thousands, of species await protection.
The agency is also required to develop a recovery plan for the species to act as a road map to recuperation.
If any citizen or public-interest group feels that a federal agency is not protecting a listed species as the Act requires, that party may file a lawsuit against the agency.The Endangered Species Act is one of America’s most effective and important environmental laws (Success Stories).). It represents a commitment by the American people to work together to protect and restore those species most at risk of disappearing forever.
Endangered Species Act | Section 7. View a brief presentation about this section of the Act, or download the transcript or audio.. INTERAGENCY COOPERATION. SEC. 7. (a) FEDERAL AGENCY ACTIONS AND CONSULTATIONS.—(1) The Secretary shall review other programs administered by him and utilize such programs in furtherance of the purposes of this Act.
For a species to gain protection under the Endangered Species Act, it first must be listed by regulation as either “threatened” or “endangered,” the most vulnerable category.
A proposal to list a species can arise from a petition submitted by the public or . Jan 04, · I'm writing a paper on the Endangered Species Act. It was signed in by President Richard Nixen in The stated purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to protect species and also "the ecosystems upon which they depend." I have a few reasons supporting both sides (strengthening it or not).Status: Resolved.
This page contains the current guidance available for local communities to implement the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in a manner that is compliant with the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The Dangers of Keeping Exotic Pets. Exotic animals — lions, tigers, wolves, bears, reptiles, non-human primates — belong in their natural habitats and not in the hands of private individuals as “pets.”.