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Critical habitat designation

Critical Habitat and the Challenge of Regulating Small Harms

The ESA is the most important U.S. law protecting biodiversity. The Act is designed to prevent the extinction of imperiled animal and plant species and to promote those species’ recovery. To those ends, it requires the services to list...

A Modest Role for a Bold Term: “Critical Habitat” Under the Endangered Species Act

Each year the Interior Department’s Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and its sister agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), spend a significant portion of their limited resources—and engender substantial controversy—in...

A Comment on "Critical Habitat and the Challenge of Regulating Small Harms"

Professor Dave Owen’s insightful empirical analysis of the Endangered Species Act’s (“ESA”) prohibition on destruction of critical habitat should be useful in improving the Act’s effectiveness. The title of his paper, Critical Habitat...

A Wider View of the Impacts of Critical Habitat Designation

The designation of critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) can result in significant and costly consequences for landowners, industry, government, and other entities—often with little if any evidence of a commensurate...