Category Archives: Congress

Panelists Urge House Committee to Maintain a Strong Endangered Species Act to Protect Wildlife on the Brink of Extinction

  Contact: Tara Thornton, Endangered Species Coalition, (207) 504-2705, tthornton@endangered.org                Derek Goldman, Endangered Species Coalition, (406) 721-3218, dgoldman@endangered.org   Washington, D.C. – Two wildlife biologists, a national religious leader and a Peregrine Falcon testified at a special briefing to the House Natural Resources Committee today to highlight the importance of the Endangered Species Act – our nation’s safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. “The Endangered Species Act… Continue reading

U.S. Representative Beyer Speaks out for Wolves

Representative Don Beyer (D-VA8) has received more than 2,000 letters from constituents about the possible delisting of gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act. In fact, he says he has received more letters on this issue than almost everything else combined:

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Great Lakes Advocates Speak out for Wolves in D.C.

Last week I was lucky enough to accompany conservationists, farmers and hunters from across the Great Lakes States as they converged on Washington DC. Continue reading

Scientists, Business Leaders, Tribes, and NGOs to Congress: Oppose Anti-Wolf Legislation

This week, more than 50 scientists, representatives of 5 Native American tribes, 24 business leaders, and 82 organizations sent letters to Members Congress asking them to oppose legislation that seeks to remove federal protections for gray wolves.

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Congress Making California Drought Worse Through Legislation

The severe drought afflicting much of the West is being used as a smokescreen by some in Congress to undermine critical environmental and wildlife laws including the Endangered Species Act. This past summer and spring, the House of Representatives and Senate passed bills designed to help affected communities with drought relief. Since then, they have not be able to find common ground.

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Representative DeFazio speaks out for wolves

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), a strong Congressional advocate for wolves, spoke out for wolves in an Op Ed published in the Eugene Weekly. In the piece, A Fight for Survival, Mr. DeFazio pushes back against the proposed delisting of gray wolves noting that,  “USFWS did not use the “best available science” and that they actively ignored data that conflicted with their own conclusions.” The highly controversial plan was released byt the USFWS over a year ago and has generated nearly… Continue reading

Clinton, Congressional Leaders Awarded for Wildlife Conservation

Members of Congress Join Conservation Community to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act Washington, D.C. – More than 300 wildlife conservation advocates gathered Wednesday night to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, our nation’s law protecting fish, plants, and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Organizers of the event, A Wild Success: Forty years of the Endangered Species Act, honored former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and five Congressional wildlife conservation leaders for their… Continue reading

Motivation in Washington

“Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.”Johann Gottfried Von Herder Sometimes you need a jolt to fire you up – a little motivation so you can continue to do the work you do.   I got that jolt last week when I had the pleasure of running around the U.S. Capitol with 26 other wildlife advocates to talk with our members of Congress about the… Continue reading