When air, land, water, plants and animals support each other in a healthy environmental system, all species, including humans, flourish. Alone among the animals, humans have the power to throw the system out of balance, to damage key elements in the web of life beyond repair.
But the same knowledge and technology that make humans uniquely destructive also give us the ability to prevent damage to the environment and to care for the environmental support system on which our very survival depends.
Focusing on the most sensitive elements in the system, DEC's Endangered Species Program is designed to find and correct fish or wildlife problems before certain species are gone forever.
Endangered Species Mission
To perpetuate and restore native animal life within New York State for the use and benefit of current and future generations, based upon sound scientific practices and in consideration of social values, so as not to foreclose these opportunities to future generations.
More about Endangered Species:
- Protection of Northern Long-eared Bats - This page provides guidance regarding measures that must be taken to ensure that forest management activities are protective of the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) and do not result in an incidental take.
- Frequently Asked Questions About New York's Endangered Species Regulations - DEC has recently proposed changes to its Endangered and Threatened Species Regulations, which are codified at 6 NYCRR Part 182. These these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) were prepared to explain the proposed regulatory changes and to respond to some of the more commonly asked questions from stakeholders regarding the proposed changes.
- List of Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Fish & Wildlife Species of New York State - New York State's Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Species List