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Celebrating 40 Years of Protecting Endangered Species


Photo courtesy USFWS

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Widely regarded as one of our country's strongest conservation laws, the Act has brought back 99 percent of the species it protects from the brink of extinction-- including the protection and recovery of the American bald eagle, the peregrine falcon, and the American alligator.

Keeping our nation's wildlife protected is good for the environment, but also good for our economy. Wildlife areas are a key part of our nation's multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation economy and the people it employs. Think of all the tourists who flock to Florida to see manatees, or to Yellowstone to see wolves and bears

Later this week America will celebrate the Endangered Species Act and its success with Endangered Species Day. We hope you'll join in the celebrations. You can find an Endangered Species Day event near you here

We have a responsibility to protect wildlife and wild places and leave a better world for future generations. The natural legacy we leave our children and grandchildren depends on the steps we take today as stewards of America’s wild places and wildlife. Even as we get ready to celebrate the successes so far, we continue to work to protect other endangered species at risk.


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