Endangered Species Legislation,
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE JACKSON MS
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This presentation talks about endangered species legislation. Because of habitat changes such as dams, agriculture, logging, and pollution in the rivers of the United States, many species of freshwater mussels have become extinct or are threatened with extinction. These factors bring the Endangered Species Act and freshwater mussels together. Presently there are 25 species of mussels listed as endangered under the Act. There are an additional 48 mussel species in the Southeast alone that are being considered as candidates for listing. Eleven of these are thought to be already extinct.