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Acting for Endangered Species: The Statutory Ark.

Shannon Petersen. Lawrence, Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 2002. (785) 864-4155. 184 pp. $29.95 Softbound.

Acting for Endangered Species: The Statutory Ark presents a political and legal history of the Endangered Species Act, illustrating how and why the statute has become so controversial. Using two major controversies as examples, the Tellico Dam/Snail Darter Supreme Court case and the spotted owl threat to logging in the Northwest, Petersen shows how litigation and judicial decision making have played a large role in the modern environmental movement. In analyzing these cases, Petersen shows how government, science, environmentalism, and natural resources industries shape the endangered species policies in America.

Shannon Petersen is a lawyer with the firm of Latham & Watkins, where he practices environmental and natural resources law. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin and is coauthor of the volume The Endangered Species Act.
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Date:Sep 22, 2002
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