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Assessing State Laws and Resources for Endangered Species Protection

October 2017

Citation: 47 ELR 10837

Issue: 10

Author: Alejandro E. Camacho, Michael Robinson-Dorn, Asena Cansu Yildiz, and Tara Teegarden

This Comment provides a comprehensive analysis of state endangered species laws and state funding to implement the federal ESA. It suggests that increased coordination between the states and federal agencies regarding the protection and recovery of threatened and endangered species has some benefits, and opportunities for partnerships between states and the federal government may enhance species protection. However, a close analysis of current state laws and state-level experience reveals that conservation laws in most states are inadequate to achieve the ESA’s conservation and recovery goals.

Alejandro E. Camacho is Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law), and Director of UCI Law’s Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources (CLEANR). Michael Robinson-Dorn is a Clinical Professor of Law at UCI Law. Asena Cansu Yildiz is an Environmental and Land Use Fellow at CLEANR. Tara Teegarden is a J.D. candidate (2019) at UCI Law.

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