Endangered species recovery plan

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An Endangered Species Recovery Plan is a document describing protocols for protecting and enhancing rare and endangered species populations. It is also known as recover from one of the four Rs of waste hierarchy.

Section 4(f) of the USA's Endangered Species Act of 1973 directs the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce to develop and implement recovery plans to promote the conservation of endangered or threatened species. The Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service are responsible for administering the Act. The recovery plan specifies what research and management actions are necessary to support recovery, but do not themselves commit manpower or funds. They are used in setting funding priorities and provide direction to local, regional, and State planning efforts. 1

As of 2009, 1132 species in the U.S. have an active Recovery Plan.2 This program is a precursor of Biodiversity Action Plans recognized as important to the international community in the year 1992.

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1 http://esrp.csustan.edu/publications/pubhtml.php?doc=sjvrp&file=cover.html

2 http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/TESSBoxscore