Endangered Species Act
16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) establishes a policy that all Federal departments and agencies seek to conserve endangered and threatened species and their habitats, and encourages such agencies to utilize their authorities to further these purposes. Under the Act, the Department of Commerce through NOAA and the Department of the Interior through the USFWS publish lists of endangered and threatened species. Section 7 of the Act requires that federal agencies and departments consult with these departments to minimize the effects of federal actions on endangered and threatened species. Prior to implementation of any project that may potentially affect an endangered or threatened species project, the Trustees would conduct Section 7 consultations.