The Future of Species

The National Park Service (NPS) works to sustain and recover at-risk species. Our mission is to prevent extinction of plants and animals in the parks, and to restore species that have occurred in parks historically but have been lost due a variety of factors. The at-risk species program coordinates and collaborates with partners on actions to sustain biodiversity and ecological systems that support at-risk species.  

At-risk species include those species listed under the Endangered Species Act; state-, locally-, and tribal-listed species; and other native species that are of special management concern including rare, declining, sensitive, endemic, or unique species. 

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At-Risk Species Program

Learn about how the National Park Service works to sustain and recover at-risk species through the At-Risk Species Program.

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Laws & Policies

Discover laws and policies that help protect at risk species. Learn about the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and more!

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What You Can Do

Explore what you can do to help at-risk species at home and in parks.

Last updated: January 31, 2022


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