[CT Birds] Action Alert- Steward B. McKinney NWR at risk of being closed
mardi1d at gmail.com
Tue Jul 26 20:05:28 EDT 2011
Done & Done!
Email: mardi1d at gmail.com
On Jul 26, 2011, at 2:07 PM, Audubon Center at Bent of the River wrote:
> Please see the below action alert from David Yarnold, President of Audubon.
> The reductions of State and Tribal Wildlife Grants will severely reduce
> funding for birds and other wildlife in Connecticut. (60% of DEEP’s
> non-game programs are dependent on SWG.) In addition to the below mentioned
> cuts, this bill also nearly eliminates funding for the Land and Water
> Conservation Fund (LWCF), which funds new acquisitions for National Wildlife
> Refuges and slashes funding for Refuges so much that the Stewart B. McKinney
> NWR is at risk of being closed. LWCF does not come from the general fund,
> but rather was part of a compromise related to the first offshore drilling
> leases. In order to allow for drilling, some percentage of the revenue was
> targeted to support conservation of wildlife habitat through LWCF. The bill
> also takes all science out of the Endangered Species Act by preventing the
> FWS from listing any new endangered species (regardless of merit),
> designating habitat that is critical to a species' survival, or challenging
> delisting decisions in court. This bill has been called the worst assault
> on wildlife and environmental protection in a generation.
> Please contact your Representative today…they need to hear from a lot of
> us! The links below make this easy with one click you can be connected with
> your elected representatives:
> Conservation funding for the lands and wildlife that we hold dear has been
> slashed to the bone in the sorely misguided House spending bill that funds
> natural resource programs.
> Conservation programs targeted by this bill, HR 2584, protect our National
> Parks, Refuges and other wildlife areas. The cuts run the gamut, but among
> the most alarming are *dramatic reductions to State and Tribal Wildlife
> Grants* and the *complete elimination** of the Neotropical Migratory Bird
> Conservation Fund*.
> *We expect the House to vote on this bill **tomorrow**. Please send an email
> today and urge your U.S. Representative to oppose HR 2584 and attacks on
> natural resources
> State and Tribal Wildlife grants face a nearly 65% reduction under this
> bill. These grants help *keep wildlife off the endangered species
> list*through state-based conservation programs. The Neotropical
> Migratory Bird
> Conservation Fund is a small-dollar program that has *huge benefits for
> migratory species*, with a proven track record of reversing habitat loss and
> advancing conservation strategies for songbirds and other migratory species.
> *But Wait—There's More*
> *The Extinction Rider to this bill is the most sweeping attempt in recent
> history to gut the Endangered Species Act*, paralyzing our nation’s ability
> to protect hundreds of imperiled species. The rider prevents the U.S. Fish &
> Wildlife Service (USFWS) from spending any money to implement some of the
> most crucial sections of the Endangered Species Act, jeopardizing America’s
> natural heritage for all future generations.
> *We can't stand by while Congress attacks our most cherished values. Tell
> your U.S. Representative that you expect him/her to stand up against HR
> 2584. <http://www.audubonaction.org/site/R?i=YOTk45f3HY5KhafX8GH_3Q..>*
> Good birding,
> Ken Elkins
> Connecticut Ornithological Association
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