When President Richard M. Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA) into law, America was at a conservation crossroads. Would we as a nation accept a future of vanishing species? Or would we have the wisdom, courage and vision to protect our nation’s natural heritage for future generations? Thankfully, we chose the path of protection, passing the ESA and paving the way for some of our nation’s greatest conservation success stories. Today this landmark legislation faces new challenges that require the same measure of courage and vision.