State ESAs


Under the North American model of wildlife management, states take the lead on managing many species. Whether states have the laws and regulations needed to protect imperiled species is a question open to debate. Here, we provide quick and easy access to data on state Endangered Species Acts from an analysis conducted at the University of California - Irvine. Select protections from two dozen categories to see how your state–and every state–stacks up.

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Jacob Malcom

As Director in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, Jacob leads CCI’s work at the intersection of science, technology, and policy to improve conservation outcomes, especially for threatened and endangered species.