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Attack on Federal ESA - again. Vote is Wednesday May 7. Emails Calls Faxes needed NOW!

Administration and Congressional attacks on the Federal Endangered Species Act and other biological
diversity conservation laws continue. The House Resources Committee, chaired by,well-known ESA opponent Rep. Richard Pombo
(R-Stockton) WILL VOTE WEDNESDAY MAY 7 on The National Security Readiness Act of 2003, HR 1835
Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 17:08:19 -0700
From: CNPS Action Alerts < list3@cnps.org>

*****E MAILS, CALLS NEEDED TO STOP LATEST BROAD ATTACK ON THE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT****

BACKGROUND:
* HR 1835 would exempt the Department of Defense (DOD) from essential portions of the ESA (as well as the
Marine Mammal Protection Act).
* More importantly, however, HR 1835 would ELIMINATE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ALL FEDERAL AGENCIES TO
CONSERVE SPECIES AND THEIR HABITATS - one of the most fundamental directives of the federal ESA. Under HR 1835 federal agencies
would only be required to conserve listed species "insofar as is practicable and consistent with their primary purposes."
* HR 1835 also eliminates the requirement for designation of critical habitat for listed species. HR 1835 states that critical habitat need only be designated "if prudent and necessary." This additional phrase effectively eliminates any real requirement to designate critical habitat.
The full text of the bill is online at  http://thomas.loc.gov/ .Search for H.R. 1835.

HR 1835 is partially a response to a request from the Bush Administration which seeks to remove numerous species, habitat, and resource conservation requirements from the Department of Defense. However, existing flexibility in the ESA allows the Department of Defense and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain military readiness while protecting species. Further, THERE IS A NATIONAL SECURITY EXEMPTION
ALREADY IN PLACE IN THE ESA that can be applied on a case-by-case basis. To date, the DOD has never sought such an exemption,
suggesting that it has not been needed.
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ACTION:
Call or E mail members of the House Resources Committee and your local representatives TUESDAY MAY 6 and ask them
to oppose HR 1835 and any attempt to seek exemptions from our nation's environmental laws.
E mail address can be found on the web at www.congress.org and typing in your ZIP code. Names and phone numbers
for key members are below:

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RESOURCES:

DEMOCRATS: George Miller, (D-CA), 202/225-2095
Joe Baca, (D-CA), 202/225-6161
Calvin M. Dooley, (D-CA), 202/225-3341
Dennis A. Cardoza, (D-CA), 202/225-6131
Grace F. Napolitano, (D-CA), 202/225-5256
REPUBLICANS:
Richard Pombo (R-CA), 202-225-1947
Elton Gallegly (R-CA), 202-225-5811
Ken Calvert (R-CA), 202-225-1986
George P. Radanovich (R-CA), 202-225-4540
Devin Nunes (R-CA), 202-225-2523
CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD: (202) 224-3121
Thank you!
____________________________
Emily B. Roberson, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Analyst
California Native Plant Society
1722 J. St., Suite 17
Sacramento, CA 95814
415 970 0394 - Phone
916 447 2727 - Fax
 emilyr@cnps.org - e mail
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The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats, through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.

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