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ENVS203: 5.2.4 Discussion

Did you know that the ESA not only protects and preserves species, it also protects local economies? Example: Protecting salmon species supports commercial and recreational fishing.

Search online and find another species that is currently being protected so as to support a local economy.

I have googled to find more examples of how the ESA can be good for the local economy, but I have not been able to find any sites. The only articles I found explain that the ESA does not have a bad effect on the local economy as was previously thought. Thinking logically, protecting habitats and species will ensure that certain local economies can continue to exist which otherwise would have been in trouble. I know that there is a duck conservation, so that duck hunters can continue to hunt sustainable. Also wolves are naturally ensuring that reindeer population don’t explode and can even alter the course of rivers. With a healthy stock of fish you can continue to base an economy on fishing, the same goes for whaling, sealing and all other kinds of hunting. I also think that a healthy ecosystem, can provide for the elimination of pests that would otherwise destroy agriculture. I have not found any articles about this yet, so if anyone has any links to this I would love to read about it.

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Subunit5.2.4.Discussion: This article shows how other species are protected by the ESA to support a local economy.
Economic Benefit of Saving Endangered Species:Defenders of Wildlife- “More bang for the buck”

In 2011, an estimated 90 million Americans participated in some form of wildlife-related recreation, including hunting, fishing and wildlife watching.These participants spent a total of nearly $145 Wildlife watchers alone spent more than $55 billion in 2011, up 7 percent from 2006 when expenditures supported more than one million jobs. While imperiled species can’t take most of the credit for this incredible boon, endangered species protection plays an outsized role in maintaining the wild places and wildlife that form the backbone of the outdoor recreation industry. And saving some species in particular has paid significant economic dividends: Gray wolves A 2006 study by University of Montana researchers found that the return of wolves to Yellowstone National Park brings an estimated $35 million in annual tourist revenue to the region.vii That figure effectively doubles once the money filters through the local economy. Endangered whales Whales entertain more than 6 million watchers in the United States and Canada, who spend more than $1 billion on tours, equipment and in local communities.viii Pacific salmon The value of restoring Pacific salmon to sustainable levels just in the Columbia River basin is estimated to be $475 million. In 2010, restoration efforts created 1,750 jobs and $154 million in economic growth.ix Florida manatees Two state parks in Florida that focus on Florida manatees draw a combined 400,000 visitors each year who spend more than $20 million for the chance to see the graceful marine mammals.x Ocelots State parks in Texas that support the ocelot, an endangered cat, and hundreds of rare bird species are predicted to contribute $9.3 million to the local economy for every 10,000 park visitors.

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There is absolute paramount need to preserve and nurture the species that are endangered and threatened, coupled with a respect to all species including our own. What is strikingly concerning is that within this incredible technological era it seems that endangered species etc goes marginally un-notice and un-cared for. I’ve no idea as tot he remedy of this and all other matters. Surly those in position and influence can do more.

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The World Wildlife Foundation does a lot to preserve animals as well as their habitats. They protect wetlands because they estimate in a decade most wetlands would have disappeared.

No wetlands means no fresh stream fishes in places not close to the ocean. This will cause the local economy of many places to drop as well as the extinction of those fish. If nothing is done then this is the future we are all looking at.

This also impacts climate change. Many places will be without water if this happens. The disappearance of the wetlands would completely derail our economy.

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The Endangered Species Act is one of America’s

most adaptable ecological laws, giving numerous

special cases and options that permit financial

development while proceeding to ensure America’s untamed life


Ø The Act permits most by far of improvement ventures

to continue unaltered.

Somewhere in the range of 1998 and 2004, short of what one percent of

the 429,533 advancement extends that

experienced Section 7 meeting were

incidentally put on hold. Just one anticipate could

not continue; the rest were actualized after


Ø Private residents and organizations can get exclusions for

effects to secured untamed life.

The Act recognizes eight unique kinds of

exercises that are qualified for exclusions. For

model, natural surroundings preservation plans ensure

significant living space for imperiled species while

empowering nearby financial improvement. The

living space preservation plan for East Contra Costa

Region in California speaks to an understanding

among a differing gathering of partners, including

farmers, designers, hippies, urban areas,

the region, and water and park areas. The

plan will ensure around 30,000 sections of land of natural surroundings for

28 species, while giving the urban communities and province the

right to urbanize 12,000 sections of land.

In west-focal Idaho, private landowners who

consent to intentionally ensure sage grouse are

excluded from future legitimate necessities after the

species is recorded. Solid sage grouse natural surroundings is

imperative to chasing and angling, which includes $7 billion

every year toward the Western economy.

Ø The legislature should as of now consider the financial

effects of securing basic living space for endangered untamed life.

The Act not just requires the Secretaries of the

Division of Interior and Commerce to

think about the financial and national security

effects of a basic environment assignment, however it

additionally enables them to prohibit a zone from basic

living space if the expenses exceed the advantages. For

model, in assigning basic living space for 19

types of salmon and steelhead, the National

Marine Fisheries Service barred 1,987 miles of

streams in the Pacific Northwest and 771 miles

of streams in California.

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Good Examples

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Best Viewpoints

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In 1982 the International Whaling Commission instituted a ban on whaling, hoping that stopping the pressure of whaling would allow populations of multiple whale species to grow back to healthy levels. Meanwhile, the United States put multiple whale species on its endangered species list under the Endangered Species Act. However, whaling is a traditional means of survival for many indigenous people groups in the Arctic, where the Bowhead whale lives. Both the International Whaling Commission and the United States decided to allow indigenous peoples a quota of whales each year. This allows these people groups to feed themselves through traditional means while also allowing whale populations to remain healthy.

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One example are the animals in Yellowstone National Park. With the help of the ESA, some of the animals residing in the park such as the bald eagle are making a comeback from their endangered listings. This would result in the booming of wildlife-related tourism which can invite numerous amounts of people and be very profitable.

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