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Endangered Species Act needs better implementation

Ken Salazar, the Secretary of the Interior, recently announced that a new initiative is in place to help improve implementation of the Endangered Species Act, according to a report from

"While we celebrate [the ESA's] successes, we recognize there is much that can and should be done to make the Act more effective and efficient. We expect to identify solutions that will help us improve our administration of this landmark conservation law," said Secretary Salazar.

Salazar expressed pride in the ESA's achievements in maintaining population numbers for such animals as the Bald Eagle and the Peregrine Falcon. However, much more needs to be done for other animals and plant species.

The Endangered Species Act helps to protect about 1,400 plants and animals across the United States, according to the New York Times. There is currently a backlog of animals waiting to be placed on the federal protection list. The ESA was passed under Nixon in the 1970s.
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