Science and the Endangered Species Act by Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council, Committee on Scientific Issues in the Endangered Species Act, Commission on Life Sciences (Paperback, 1995)
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a far-reaching law that has sparked intense controversies over the use of public lands, the rights of property owners, and ecomic versus environmental benefits. In this volume a distinguished committee focuses on the science underlying the ESA and offers recommendations for making the act more effective. The committee provides an overview of what scientists kw about extinction--and what this understanding means to implementation of the ESA. Habitat--its destruction, conservation, and fundamental importance to the ESA--is explored in detail. The book analyzes * Concepts of species--how the term species arose and how it has been interpreted for purposes of the ESA. * Conflicts between species when individual species are identified for protection, including several case studies. * Assessment of extinction risk and decisions under the ESA--how these decisions can be made more effectively. The book concludes with a look beyond the Endangered Species Act and suggests additional means of biological conservation and ways to reduce conflicts. It will be useful to policymakers, regulators, scientists, natural-resource managers, industry and environmental organizations, and those interested in biological conservation.
Committee on Scientific Issues in the Endangered Species Act, National Research Council
Commission on Life Sciences, Committee on Scientific Issues in the Endangered Species Act, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council