There are 89 species in Virginia that are protected by the landmark Endangered Species Act, a law passed by the United States Congress in 1973. In 2018, the law is under attack from many who say its scope is overreaching. Efforts to roll it back are being made at the judicial, executive and legislative level.
John Cannon, the director of the Environmental Land Use and Law Program at the University of Virginia Law School, explained the various threats to the act in a 75 minute talk at the Ivy Creek Natural Area
as part of their Ivy Talks series.