University of Wisconsin–Madison

Native Plantings as a Strategy for Local Governments

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) New York, Oregon, Vermont
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Local governments often struggle to protect endangered species within their jurisdictions from threats like invasive species, land development, and pollution. This article analyzes the legal obligations imposed by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 and offers practical steps for local governments can take, including creating partnerships with local businesses, leveraging technology like GIS mapping, and engaging constituents to gather information. Ultimately, it emphasizes the critical role of government intervention in safeguarding biodiversity, economic prosperity, and public health.

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