Landmark Conservation

In the last century, the Unites States government enacted a number of landmark pieces of legislation that have served to protect some of the nation’s most precious natural resources. These include the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. All five acts came about as a result of growing awareness and alarm by the public over the decimation of wildlife and the environment that occurred as the result of a century of rapid economic expansion. Unfettered industrialization, urbanization, and population growth lead to unacceptable levels of pollution across the United States, which threatened the health of humans and wildlife alike.

We have witnessed many attacks of these act during the current Administration. Regulations have been substantially weakened resulting in increased loss of habitat and wildlife. We hopeful that future administrations will restore and improve upon these important regulations.

The following provides a short description of these five acts, with links to recommended websites for further reading.