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The fish and wildlife of the United States are among our nation's most valuable resources.   Over 1,600 fish, wildlife and plants are already federally protected as threatened or endangered, and about 500 more are at risk of needing that protection. We have the chance to make a difference for many of these animals before listing. For plants and animals that are already threatened or endangered, we can take effective steps to save them, ultimately removing them from the list. 

Collaboration with state and federal agencies, companies, NGOs, researchers and many other partners gathering and assessing the best available data, and implementing conservation actions, has helped more than 180 at-risk plants and animals in the Eastern United States that were determined to not need federal protection