Definition of habitat under the ESA


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Description: A brief on a regulatory definition of 'habitat' under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International


The Supreme Court’s opinion in Weyerhaeuser Co. v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 139 S. Ct. 361 (2018), raises important questions about the scope of the Endangered Species Act's protections for critical habitat. In a short ruling, the Court opined that 'critical habitat' must be 'habitat,' but it did not attempt to define 'habitat' as a scientific or legal matter. Here we provide a bri...


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