tion Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-135; 83 Statute 275). The new law seeks ''to provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered species and threatened species, and to take such steps as may be appropriate to achieve the purposes of the treaties and conservation of wild flora and fauna worldwide."
Regulatory authority under the Endangered Species Act is vested in the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (USD1) and implemented by USD1' 5 Fish and Wildlife Service. Implementing rules and regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 50 (Wildlife and Fisheries), Chapter 1 (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior), Subchapter B, Part 17 (Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants). Copies of the regulations, including a list of species currently considered endangered or threatened, can be obtained by writing to the Office of Endangered Species, U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC 20240.