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Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the government protects endangered and threatened plants and animals (listed species) and the habitats upon which they depend. The ESA requires federal agencies to ensure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out, does not "adversely impact" any listed species, or "destroy or adversely modify" any critical habitat for that species. Read more about how the ESA is administered.

EPA's Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP) helps promote the recovery of listed species. The ESPP is a program designed to determine whether pesticide use in a certain geographic area may affect any listed species. If limitations on pesticide use are necessary to protect listed species in that area, the information is relayed through Endangered Species Protection Bulletins. Read more basic information. Also on this Web site:

Bulletins Live
Bulletins Live! - Access Endangered Species Protection Bulletins to view pesticide use limitations for your county or read the Bulletins Live! tutorial (6 pp, 431K, about PDF).
Risk Assessment Process
Risk Assessment Process - Learn how EPA evaluates risk to endangered species from pesticides and read specific regulations regarding risk assessments.
Effects Determinations
Effects Determinations – Read how EPA develops "effects determinations" and about consultations with other agencies as a result of litigation.
Species Information
Species Information - Learn about types of threatened and endangered species and where they live. Also, access EPA's Fact Sheets about specific species.
For Kids
For Kids - Learn about endangered species and view an endangered species poster and coloring book.

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