The At-Risk Species Program includes staff from the park, regional, and national levels of the National Park Service (NPS). The Program, together with partners, seeks to conserve, protect, and restore at-risk species and their habitat in the NPS. We lead, coordinate, and collaborate on actions to sustain biodiversity and ecological systems that align with the NPS mission. Through those efforts, the Program improves at-risk species conservation, preserves park resources, and enhances the experience of park visitors.
For the NPS, at-risk species include all species native to national park system units that are listed (i.e., endangered, threatened, proposed, and candidate) under the Endangered Species Act; state, tribal, and locally listed species; and other native species that are of special conservation management concern to parks (such as rare, declining, sensitive, or unique species).