Basics of the Endangered Species Act

Sponsored by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium


The Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) protects species identified as endangered or threatened with extinction and attempts to protect the habitat on which they depend.  It does so by preventing the “take” of listed species, as well as the ensuring that the species’ critical habitat is protected from modification or degradation.

Because there are no specific agricultural exemptions to the law, and because agriculture is such a land-dependent occupation, the ESA can have significant impacts on producers.  This webinar will provide a basic overview of the ESA, outline the species listing and critical habitat designations, and discuss its effect on both public and private land.




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The recorded webinar, which was originally presented on August 12th, 2015, is available here.


Elizabeth Rumley J.D., LL.M. 

Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center


Elizabeth is a senior staff attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. At the Center, her primary research and scholarship focus is on legal issues in animal agriculture, and she frequently lectures on those issues and others to audiences nationwide. She is a co-teacher of a course covering “Animals and Agricultural Production, Law and Policy” at the University of Nebraska College of Law, and has developed and is teaching a graduate/undergraduate level course on legal issues in animal agriculture through the Dale Bumpers College of  Agricultural, Food, & Life Sciences at the University of Arkansas, as well as teaching a course on agriculture and the environment, also through the Bumpers College  She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Ohio after earning her B.A. from Michigan State University, her J.D. cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law, and her LL.M. in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law.


Research & Materials


The Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 113th Congress: New and Recurring Issues (CRS R42945)

The Endangered Species Act: A Primer (CRS RL31654)

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Claims of Property Rights “Takings” (CRS RL31796)