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File Type Title
PDF The Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended

General Program Information

File Type Title
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Endangered Species Program
Endangered Species Program Contacts
PDF Endangered Species Program Contacts (Fact Sheet/July 2009)
PDF Why Save Endangered Species (Brochure/July 2005)
PDF What You Can Do To Help Wildlife and Plants (Fact Sheet/February 2008)
PDF A History of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Fact Sheet/April 2008)
PDF Permits for Native Species Under the Endangered Species Act (Fact Sheet/May 2008)
PDF ESA Basics: More Than 30 Years of Protecting Endangered Species (Fact Sheet/February 2009)





Endangered Species Bulletin

The Endangered Species Bulletin is an on-line publication. You can sign up for e-mail notification when a new issue has been posted by clicking on “E-Mail List” on the Bulletin web page. Four issues, including a highlights edition, are posted each year at: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/news/bulletin.html

The Bulletin welcomes manuscripts on a wide range of topics related to endangered species. We are particularly interested in news about recovery, habitat conservation plans, and cooperative ventures. Please contact the Editor before preparing a manuscript. We cannot guarantee publication.

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General ESA Policies

File Type Title
HTML FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy for the Ecosystem Approach to the Endangered Species Act,
[59 FR 34274, July 1, 1994]
PDF FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy for the Ecosystem Approach to the Endangered Species Act
[59 FR 34274, July 1, 1994]
HTML FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy for Peer Review in Endangered Species Act Activities
[59 FR 34270, July 1, 1994]
PDF FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy for Peer Review in Endangered Species Act Activities
[59 FR 34270, July 1, 1994]
HTML FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy on Information Standards Under the Endangered Species Act
[59 FR 34271, July 1, 1994]
PDF FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy on Information Standards Under the Endangered Species Act
[59 FR 34271, July 1, 1994]
HTML FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy for Section 9 Prohibitions [59 FR 34272, July 1, 1994]
PDF FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy for Section 9 Prohibitions [59 FR 34272, July 1, 1994]
HTML FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy Regarding the Role of State Agencies in ESA Activities
[59 FR 34275, July 1, 1994]
PDF FWS/NMFS: Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy Regarding the Role of State Agencies in Endangered Species Act Activities [59 FR 34275, July 1, 1994]
HTML Definition of Harm 64 FR 60727, November 8, 1999]
PDF Definition of Harm [64 FR 60727, November 8, 1999]
PDF Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit Revocation Regulations [69 FR 71723, December 10, 2004]
PDF SECRETARIAL ORDER # 3206: American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the ESA
PDF SECRETARIAL ORDER # 3206: American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities, and the ESA
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Tools for Landowners

File Type Title
Endangered Species Grants to States and Territories
PDF Conservation Profiles: Landowners Help Imperiled Wildlife (Brochure/2005)
PDF Working Together: Tools for Helping Imperiled Wildlife on Private Lands (Brochure/2005)
PDF Conservation Banking: Incentives for Stewardship (Fact Sheet/July 2009)
PDF The Endangered Species Program and How it Works With Landowners (Fact Sheet/July 2009)
PDF Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund Grants (Fact Sheet/July 2009)
PDF Safe Harbor Agreements for Private Landowners (Fact Sheet/July 2009)

Landowner Policies, Regulations, and Guidance

File Type Title
HTML Final Policy for Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances [64 FR 32726, June 17, 1999]
PDF Final Policy for Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances [64 FR 32726, June 17, 1999]
HTML FWS/NMFS: Announcement of Final Safe Harbor Policy; Announcement of Final Policy for Candidate Conservation Agreements With Assurances [64 FR 32717, June 17, 1999]
PDF FWS/NMFS: Announcement of Final Safe Harbor Policy; Announcement of Final Policy for Candidate Conservation Agreements With Assurances [64 FR 32717, June 17, 1999]
PDF Safe Harbors and Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances Permit Regulations [64 FR 32705, June 17, 1999]
PDF Guidance for the Establishment, Use, and Operation of Conservation Banks (Memorandum/May 2, 2003)
HTML Notice of Availability: Guidance for the Establishment, Use, and Operation of Conservation Banks
[68 FR 24753, May 8, 2003]
PDF Notice of Availability: Guidance for the Establishment, Use, and Operation of Conservation Banks
[68 FR 24753, May 8, 2003]
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