Report Overview

A Natural Legacy For the Future: Overview



NCEL Point of Contact

Kate Burgess
Conservation Program Manager



With one-third of our nation’s wildlife at risk of extinction, and the impacts of climate change accelerating, now is a critical time to improve the ways in which we protect our natural heritage. States are key in preventing this continued loss of biodiversity and in ensuring the availability of natural resources for future generations. The goal of this report is to highlight what is and isn’t working across states and to spotlight innovative case studies of species recovery. Actions taken before a species becomes endangered can also save the lives of individual species, in addition to saving considerable money, time, and effort.


NCEL Resources


A Natural Legacy for the Future: State Laws for Endangered and Threatened Species

March 17, 2023


State Protection For Endangered Species

July 6, 2021


The Five Main Drivers of Wildlife Decline

May 21, 2021

Online Resources

NCEL Endangered Species Webpage

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State Laws for Endangered and Threatened Species: Tale of the River Otter

View this case study on how state endangered species laws helped to save the North American river otter.

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Empower State Environmental Champions

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