While the Endangered Species Act is best known for saving 99 percent of protected species from extinction, many people don’t realize that protecting animals and plants under the act has also resulted in the preservation of some of America’s most beautiful and cherished refuges and public spaces,” Jamie Pang, an endangered species campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity, said. “Thanks to the act and its mandate to save endangered species and the places they live, we have more national wildlife refuges, as well as healthier lands, cleaner rivers, oceans and lakes where we can hike, fish and observe wildlife.”
The power of the Endangered Species Act to conserve and heal landscapes, oceans and waterways while protecting and recovering species is in evidence in every region of the country. Among the areas highlighted in the report, Saving Species and Wild Spaces, 10 Extraordinary Places Saved by the Endangered Species Act, are:
As you know the Endangered Species Act is being hacked at by our government “leaders” who do not represent us or the lands and natural world buy those who buy their loyalty. We can make that change. We’ve done before, we can do it again! This is some ammo… positive examples of meaningful changes.