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Lists appearing in this document were prepared for a 1992 report and may not be current. Refer to http://endangered.fws.gov/ for current listing and status information.
This Report to Congress, the second one prepared to comply with a requirement of the 1988 amendments to the Endangered Species Act, represents an accounting of the recovery progress for all federally listed endangered and threatened species under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior occurring in the United States and Trust Territories as of September 30, 1992. The report contains information on the status of recovery plan development, the status of all listed species in the United States, a State-by-State breakdown of listed species, and selected species highlights by State. The report also highlights partnerships forged between Federal agencies, State and local governments, various private entities, and volunteers to promote the recovery of species and the ecosystems upon which they depend.
The Endangered Species Act, passed by Congress in 1973, established a strong leadership role for the Federal Government in the conservation of species at risk of extinction. Congress envisioned a network of international, national, State, and private organizations working together toward common goals. It was made clear that the people of the United States were to act together as a team to conserve not only individual species, but their habitats as well.
While there are many successes detailed in this report, much work remains to be done. Ultimately, recovery of listed species must be a partnership aimed at the conservation of the diversity of plant and animal life in the United States. Maintenance of such biological diversity, or biodiversity, will require the careful management of habitat systems in the context of ongoing human use. Our national biodiversity resources will be conserved most effectively by means that recognize the interrelations of natural systems and look at the whole picture, which is far more than the sum of individual parts. It is right to deal with crises involving individual species, but we should not manage our lands and resources so that we either consciously or unwittingly produce, and then must react to, an endless progression of crises.
At the Department of the Interior, we are beginning to explore the ways that existing authorities may be used to prevent the degradation of ecosystems, which ultimately leads to endangered species listings and "last resort" recovery planning. The Department of the Interior is committed to increasing its emphasis on biodiversity and ecosystem conservation, and will be making greater efforts to promote the partnerships essential for accomplishment of the important challenges facing us.
The Secretary of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1992. Report to congress: Endangered and threatened species recovery program. U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. 280pp.This resource should be cited as:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1992. Report to congress: Endangered and threatened species recovery program. U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, D.C. Northern Prairie Science Center Online. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/wildlife/recoprog/index.htm (Version 15JUN99).
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