Quote of the Day - I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race.
The World Wildlife Fund sees a collaborative mindset as the future for the Act. In the past, the ESA has been labeled a failure, and recently targeted for repair.
At least one organization sees hope for the Act, and while typically benefiting charismatic species, it also has been applied to rare and relatively unknown species.
Expect to see more use of Habitat Conservation Plans, which generally encompass areas of habitat for multiple species.
Also be on the lookout for Safe Harbor Agreements and Candidate Conservation Agreements, two types of voluntary agreements between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and private landowners. Under those agreements, the Service can issue a "take" permit in return for landowners' voluntary protection of endangered species.
Likely not a wolf in sheep's clothing, these changes have only taken 30 years to start coming about. How much longer will it take us to learn to really work together?