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E-M:/ Action Alert: Let's get focused on Levin for Endangered Species

Enviro-Mich message from LexAnima@aol.com

We need to get Senator Levin educate against the Kempthorne Bill as we are
expecting a vote in a few weeks.  I'm willing to organize and I write now to
hope that people can refer me to other list-serves, groups or telephone trees
in order to get prepared for the vote. Meanwhile, on the house side,
Congressman Levin has yet to co-sponsor Miller.  One would think that the
calls and letters would get the job done.  Please write both the Levins and
ask them to be supportive of endangered species protection.  I have a sample
letter at the bottom that can be used and "bastardized" at your convenience.

D'Arcy Kemnitz
Midwest Region Coordinator,
Endangered Species Coalition
GREEN (GrassRoots Environmental Effectiveness Network)
1121 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53715
(608) 294-1338
Green Home Page:  www.defenders.org/grnhome.html

National Office:
GrassRoots Environmental Effectiveness Network
1101 Fourteenth St NW, Suite 1400
Washington, DC  20005
Tel: (202) 682-9400 x 236
Fax: (202) 682-1331

 ( o.o )    Humans aren't the only species on Earth.
  >   <     We just act like it.

Some Facts on H.R. 2351
The Endangered Species Recovery Act

The Endangered Species Recovery Act (ESRA) is bipartisan legislation to
reauthorize and strengthen the Endangered Species Act. ESRA will ensure that
our nation's threatened and endangered species are conserved for our children
and future generations. Despite the success of the Endangered Species Act in
helping to prevent the extinction of species like the gray wolf, humpback
whale and California Condor, few species have fully recovered. Moreover,
threats such as habitat loss and non-native species continue to drive even
more species toward the brink of extinction. ESRA is designed to promote the
recovery of species already listed as endangered or threatened, prevent the
decline of additional species, and improve the way the Endangered Species Act
works for landowners and communities.


Improving recovery plan development and implementation. Currently, just over
half of all listed species have recovery plans and many of those plans are
not scientifically credible. ESRA would establish deadlines for developing
recovery plans and require plans to include objective biological criteria and
specific management strategies for achieving recovery goals. Federal agencies
would be required to implement recovery plans to help ensure that listed
species do not remain endangered or threatened indefinitely.

Ensuring federal actions do not jeopardize the recovery of listed species.
Currently, federal actions are often evaluated only to address adverse
impacts to a species' survival and not recovery. ESRA would require federal
agencies to avoid adverse impacts that reduce the likelihood of a species'
recovery in the wild.

Improving Habitat Conservation Plans (HCPs). HCPs would have to be
consistent with the recovery of listed species and include objective
biological goals, measures for monitoring the effectiveness of conservation
strategies, and adaptive management provisions for adjusting conservation
strategies based upon reasonably foreseeable changes in circumstances.
Moreover, ESRA would establish a Habitat Conservation Plan Fund to cover the
cost of implementing additional conservation measures to address
unforeseeable events outside of a landowner's control.


Encouraging federal agencies to conserve candidate species before they
become endangered. Federal agencies will be authorized to complete section 7
consultation on candidate and proposed species, thus streamlining the
consultation process and helping to ensure species are conserved before they
require listing.

Encouraging ecosystem-level planning to conserve multiple species and their
habitats. State and local governments would be authorized to develop and
implement regional conservation plans that contribute to the recovery of
listed species and maintain the well-being of other declining species.


Providing tax incentives and technical assistance to landowners that
undertake voluntary species conservation efforts. Landowners that voluntarily
agree to implement measures that benefit endangered species would be eligible
for estate and income tax relief. Technical assistance would be available to
help landowners develop conservation plans and to comply with other
provisions of the Act.

Providing planning assurances to landowners and communities that develop
HCPs consistent with the recovery of listed species. Performance bonds would
be required to cover the costs of addressing reasonably foreseeable changes
in circumstances identified under the plan. The costs of implementing
additional conservation measures would be covered by the Habitat Conservation
Plan Fund.

Establishing a streamlined permitting process for small landowners that
develop low-effect HCPs. These plans would only cover activities that have no
more than a negligible impact on the recovery of any endangered or threatened
species. The use of these plans to authorize the "piecemeal" destruction of
endangered or threatened species' habitat would be prohibited.UPDATED CO-
SPONSORS LIST     Cosponsors of HR 2351			TOTAL - 90
Abercrombie (D-HI)
Ackerman (D-NY) * new
Allen (D-ME)
Andrews (D-NJ)
Barrett (D-WI)
Berman (D-CA)
Blagojevich (D-IL)
Blumenauer (D-OR)
Bonior (D-MI)
Borski (D-PA)
Brown (D-CA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carson (D-IN)	
Christen-Green (D-VI)
Clay (D-MO)
Conyers (D-MI)
Davis, Danny (D-IL)
DeGette (D-CO)
DeFazio (D-OR)
Delahunt (D-MA)
DeLauro (D-CT)
Dellums (D-CA)
Dicks (D-WA)
Dixon (D-CA)
Engel	(D-NY)	
Eshoo (D-CA)
Faleomavaega (D-AS)
Farr (D-CA)
Forbes (R-NY)
Frank (D-MA)
Furse (D-OR)
Gejedenson (D-CT)
Gutierrez (D-IL)
Hasting (D-FL)
Hinchey (D-NY)
Jackson-Lee (D-TX)
Johnson, Nancy (R-CT)
Kildee (D-MI)
Kilpatrick (D-MI)
Kucinich (D-OH)
Lantos (D-CA)
Lewis (D-GA)
Lowey (D-NY)
Maloney (D-NY)
Manton (D-NY)
Markey (D-MA)
McCarthy (D-NY)
McDermott (D-WA)
McDonald (D-CA)
McGovern (D-MA)
McNulty (D-NY)
Meehan (D-MA)
Meek  (D-FL)	 
Miller (D-CA)
Moran (D-VA)
Morella (R-MD)
Nadler (D-NY)
Neal (D-MA)
Olver (D-MA)
Pallone (D-NJ)
Payne (D-NJ)
Pascrell (D-NJ)
Pelosi (D-CA)
Rahall (D-WV)
Rivers (D-MI)
Roybal-Allard (D-CA)
Rothman (D-NJ)
Sabo (D-MN)
Sanders (I-VT)
Serrano (D-NY)
Shays (R-CT)
Sherman (D-CA)
Skaggs (D-CO)
Slaughter (D-NY)
Smith, A (D-WA)
Stark (D-CA)
Stokes (D-OH)
Thompson (D-MS)
Tierny (D-MA)
Velazquez (D-NY)
Vento (D-MN)
Waters (D-CA)
Watt (D-NC)
Waxman (D-CA)
Wexler (D-FL)
Woolsey (D-CA)
Yates (D-IL
Two "Endangered Species Recovery Acts": ESA and ESAin't

There are two proposed bills in Washington entitled the Endangered Species
Recovery Act.  Both would modify the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) of
1973, but one would help and the other hurt species survival. The bills are
Congressman George Miller's HR 2351 (pro-ESA) and Senator Dick Kempthorne's S.
1180 (ESAin't). As a Michigan citizen, you can play an important role in the
failure of ESAin't and a victory for enhanced species' protection.

The ESA was enacted to conserve endangered and threatened species and the
ecosystems upon which they depend. The ESA has successfully prevented the
extinction of species such as the gray wolf, bald eagle and Kirtland's
warbler; yet overall, few species have fully recovered. 100 species are still
being lost in the U.S. every day.  Moreover, habitat loss and non-native
species continue to drive even more species toward the brink of extinction.  

HR 2351 is for species protection.  Endorsed by many major conservation,
environmental, wildlife protection agencies and 88 congressional cosponsors,
HR 2351 would reauthorize and strengthen the ESA. It is designed to 1) promote
the recovery of species already listed as endangered or threatened; 2) prevent
the decline of additional species by placing a deadline for listing candidate
species (which currently have no protection); and 3) improve the way the
Endangered Species Act works for landowners and communities by providing
economic incentive to encourage voluntary conservation.

S.  1180 would do the opposite. The bill would jeopardize the mission of the
ESA to recover species in peril.  Not suprisingly, no major conservation,
environmental or wildlife protection agency is supporting S. 1180 and the bill
has only four cosponsors.

Please act now to save plants and animals in danger of extinction.  Contact
Senators and ask that they vote "no" on S. 1180. Also, please encourage your
member of the U.S. House of Representatives to support HR 2351.


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