The extinction of a species, each one a pilgrimage of four billion years of evolution, is an irreversible loss. The ending of so many creatures with whom we have traveled this far is an occasion for profound sorrow and grief. Death can be accepted and to some degree transformed. But the loss of lineages and all of their future young is not something to accept. It must be rigorously and intelligently resisted. – Gary Snyder Practice of the Wild
The Endangered Species Act has been called the “most important environmental law ever passed.”
Since its passage in 1973 It has served as the bulwark against extinction and has proven to be a powerful tool for protecting our most imperiled species, the habitats on which they depend. It too has come under attack repeatedly in recent years and at the same time that we work to protect imperiled species, we also work to defend the laws that protect them.