This white paper is the third in a series laying out Defenders of Wildlife's vision for the Endangered Species Act (ESA) over the next 10 years. The ESA is the most important and far-reaching wildlife conservation law in the United States, and Defenders has long been a leading advocate for science-based, pragmatic interpretation and implementation of the law. Our endangered species policy and legal experts carefully evaluate the application of the ESA. We look for opportunities to promote innovative strategies and reforms to make the ESA more effective and efficient and pursue initiatives that are bold, transformational and strategic. 

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