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Below is a forwarded message from Paul Baichich, Conservation Director
of the American Birding Association.
Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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> From: "Paul J. Baicich" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Fri Jan 17, 2003  05:13:12 PM US/Central
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> Subject: TWW/CARA: NWF on slashing of State Wildlife Grants
>
> Dear Birding and Watchable-widlife Friends,
>
> Recent Congressional developments concerning the State Wildlife Grants
> (SWG) are not promising.
>
> See the thoughtful statement and press release (below) currently being
> circulated by the folks at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
>
> The statement says it all... and says it well.
>
> It looks like Senate will be out over the weekend and resume
> consideration
> of the omnibus bill on Tuesday, after the MLK holiday.
>
> Tuesday would be an excellent time to call your two Senators' offices
> (Capitol switchboard: 202/224-3121), letting them know that
> backpedaling on
> the State Wildlife Grants is no way to fulfill the promises made when
> CARA
> was derailed in 2000. (I'd normally encourage you to call your House
> members, too, but, hey, time is short, and the Senate is where the major
> retreat is taking place.)
>
> You all know the potential states' role for enhanced bird conservation
> and
> related activities. These SWG funds only BEGIN to make it a reality
> for a
> diverse cross-section of wildlife.
>
> It also looks like we are in for a long struggle to regain lost ground,
> especially getting yearly appropriations to include vital education and
> wildlife-recreation elements while at the same time re-building the case
> for long-term, guaranteed wildlife funding.
>
> Stay tuned...... and...never give up..... never.
>
>                               Paul
>                               ABA
>
> ____________________________
>
> Immediate Release:
> January 17, 2003
> Contact:   Adam Kolton: 202-797-6636
>
> Conservation Funding Promise To States Being Betrayed
>
> Senate Proposes Slashing State Wildlife Agency Assistance; Financial
> Burden
> may be Passed on to American Hunters and Anglers
>
> WASHINGTON -- State wildlife agency grants will be cut in half from last
> year's funding level under the FY 2003 Interior Department
> appropriations
> bill headed for an imminent vote in the U.S. Senate.
>
> The Senate bill would cut the state wildlife grants to $45 million this
> year, down from the $100 million included in the Senate's original
> version
> of the legislation and the $85 million actually appropriated in FY 2002.
>
> "If allowed to stand, this meager substitute will betray the promise
> Congress made three years ago to set up a growing source of diversified
> wildlife funding to directly assist state wildlife agencies," Mark Van
> Putten, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF)
> said.
> "What's worse, this cut would come at the very hour state wildlife
> agency
> budgets are under intense pressure given the deficit picture facing many
> state governments throughout the nation.
>
> "If this bill passes as is, it means increasing the financial burden on
> America's sportsmen and women who provide the bulk of revenues to state
> wildlife agencies through license and user fees and surcharges on
> hunting
> equipment," added Van Putten.
>
> The state wildlife grant program was part of a compromise measure
> Congress
> authorized in 2001, in what at the time was called a "compromise" for
> not
> passing the far broader Conservation and Reinvestment Act (CARA) what
> would
> have guaranteed annual conservation funding of $2 billion, the majority
> of
> it flowing directly to the states and local communities. The program was
> designed to help states aid in the recovery of threatened and endangered
> species and to prevent new species from becoming threatened or
> endangered.
> "NWF along with the vast majority of the nation's sporting and
> conservation
> groups worked hard to pass CARA and warned that the compromise that was
> substituted for it was likely to become a promise that would never be
> fulfilled," Van Putten said.  "That warning is coming true.  Everyone
> who
> cares about conservation and who believes we need to provide the
> states a
> diversified source of wildlife funding should get on the phone to their
> Senators and Representatives to reverse this mistaken action and restore
> full funding to the state programs.
>
>  "We can restore this funding if people who care will hold Congress'
> feet
> to the fire," he added.
>
> Additional information about the needs and uses of state wildlife agency
> funding is available on the Internet at
> <http://www.teaming.com/site/index.cfm>
>
>

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