There is established a program for the protection of endangered and threatened species. The commissioner may conduct investigations of wildlife and plants in order to develop information relating to population, distribution, habitat needs, limiting factors, essential habitats, and other biological and ecological data to determine conservation and management measures necessary for their continued ability to sustain themselves successfully.
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-305.
The general assembly finds that certain species of wildlife and plants have been rendered extinct as a consequence of man's activities and that other species of wildlife and plants are in danger of or threatened with extinction or have been otherwise reduced or may become extinct or reduced because of destruction, modification or severe curtailment of their habitats, exploitation for commercial, scientific, educational, or private use or because of disease, predation or other factors, that such species are of ecological, scientific, educational, historical, economic, recreational and aesthetic value to the people of the state, and that the conservation, protection and enhancement of such species and their habitats are of state-wide concern. Therefore the general assembly declares it is a policy of the state to conserve, protect, restore and enhance any endangered or threatened species and essential habitat.
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-303.
(a) The general assembly declares it to be the policy of the state to manage harvested and nonharvested wildlife to insure their continued participation in the ecosystem and to accord special protection to any endangered species or subspecies of wildlife indigenous to the state in order to maintain and enhance their numbers.
(b) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall establish a conservation program for species not traditionally harvested which shall include provisions for the following: Resource inventory, habitat conservation, monitoring of environmental impacts, conservation of endangered and threatened species, wildlife recreation management, wildlife conservation education, private landowner assistance, urban wildlife conservation, problem animal management and scientific research, planning, administration and development.
Citation: C.G.S.A. § 26-107f.