Basics of the Endangered Species Act
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The Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) protects species identified as endangered or threatened with extinction and attempts to protect the habitat on which they depend. It does so by preventing the “take” of listed species, as well as the ensuring that the species’ critical habitat is protected from modification or degradation.
Because there are no specific agricultural exemptions to the law, and because agriculture is such …