chapter  4
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The Context of Public Participation

Environmentalists hail the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA) as one of themost important pieces of environmental legislation in the United States. However, many private landowners revile the law because of a fact largely unforeseen by legislators when they wrote it: protecting species requires protecting habitat. Much habitat is privately owned, and preventing degradation often means halting development, logging, and other economic activities.