To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, Public Lands Every Day has partnered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to develop the “Endangered Species on Public Lands” feature. Each month, a different species that is currently protected or one that has successfully recovered will be highlighted.
Passed in 1973, the Act was created to protect and recover species in danger of becoming extinct. Habitats of these species are also protected under the Act. The Act is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
With a diverse range of ecosystems and locations across the nation, public lands provide habitats for many endangered or threatened species as well as those who are candidates for protection. For example, it is estimated that Bureau of Land Management lands lands contain over 240 endangered species and U.S. Forest Service lands provide habitats for over 420 endangered species.
Below are some of the many endangered species you can find on public lands. Click each name to learn more on where each species is located and recovery efforts.
- Discover 20 endangered or threatened species found on public lands, including some National Public Lands Day sites!
- Read about the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s role in the ESA on the 40th anniversary webpage.
- Read about the National Marine Fisheries Service role in the in the Endangered Species Act.
- Learn more about the partnership between National Public Lands Day and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.