[CT Birds] Defend the National Wildlife Refuge System

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Fri Sep 7 21:08:13 EDT 2012

Please see the below alert from David Yarnold, president of Audubon regarding an attempt to halt the growth of the National Wildlife Refuge System:

The National Wildlife Refuge System, a cornerstone of bird conservation in America, is facing an unprecedented attack. Since 1903, National Wildlife Refuges have been created both by the President and by Congress, but a new bill would change all that. HR 3009 would make it impossible for the President to establish new refuges. That's a huge problem, because the Executive branch—including every President since Theodore Roosevelt—has established 90 percent of all refuges.

<http://www.audubonaction.org/site/R?i=m7y41vGuei4TK7H0H5oJew>Take Action: https://secure3.convio.net/nasaud/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&%3Bpage=UserAction&%3Bid=1323 Write your U.S. Representative TODAY and and voice your support for our National Wildlife Refuges. We expect the House Natural Resources committee to vote on this misguided legislation this month, so your letters right now are critical.

The creation of new wildlife refuges has always been bipartisan, with nearly the same number created by Republican and Democratic administrations, including the recent addition of the 50 million acre Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument added by President George W. Bush in 2009. HR 3009 is a blatant attempt to halt any growth of the Refuge System and is retroactive from September 30, 2011, meaning the newly established Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area would cease to be a refuge should this bill pass.

Take Action: Please urge your U.S. Representative to vote NO on HR 3009. https://secure3.convio.net/nasaud/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&%3Bpage=UserAction&%3Bid=1323 Your member of Congress needs to hear your opposition to this ill-conceived plan that would undermine the entire National Wildlife Refuge System and its many benefits to birds, wildlife, and American communities.


David Yarnold
President & CEO
National Audubon Society

Thank you!

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x308

Fax: (203)264-6332

pcomins at audubon.org
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