Yellowstone Slaughters 53 Buffalo Feb 26 '04
* Action Item:
Congress to Introduce "Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act" introduced by Maurice Hinchey (D-NY)
This bill calls for a moratorium on the hazing, capturing, and killing of Yellowstone buffalo on all federal public lands until conditions are met that include allowing buffalo to range freely in areas adjacent to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and returning management of bison inside YNP to the sole jurisdiction of the Park Service.
Thanks to the public support for this Act, BFC continues to gain cosponsors for H.R. 3446, the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. March 4, 2004, BFC reported that 63 House Representatives have signed on to this critical legislation. Please check www.wildrockies.org/buffalo/politico/3446.html for talking points and to see if your Representative has signed on. If they haven't, strongly urge them to do so. If they have, please thank them and encourage them to speak with their colleagues. You can contact your Representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 800-839-5276, and asking to be transferred to his/her office. Or, you can use www.house.gov/writerep to look up your Representative and send them an email.
YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED NOW
Please take the time to call or write your Representatives and urge them to support the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act by becoming a co-sponsor of the bill. Tell them to contact Representative Hinchey's office for more information.
Yellowstone National Park provided sanctuary to the only 23 free-roaming buffalo who survived the mass slaughter of the 19th century. Yet present-day park rangers are taking part in a slaughter that threatens the very survival of their descendants.
Call, fax, and email (in that order) your representative and urge them to support the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. Yellowstone is supposed to be a sanctuary for our nation's last herd of genetically pure, free-roaming bison, not a killing ground. Make even a single phone call and let your Representative know what you think.
To contact your Representative, please visit the following web site: www.house.gov/writerep
or call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
For more info, or to get on the BFC email list to get a biweekly update, write to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.wildrockies.org/buffalo.
The Wild Rockies Field Institute, was started in 1993 by University of Montana instructors who wanted to more effectively teach the connection between human relationships with ecological processes, social issues and land management policy, by getting people to experience these relationships first-hand, in the field. With this mission in mind, they provide various and widely diverse courses of study, that happen onsite, and invite the public to participate in a "different kind of academic adventure"...
Wild Rockies Field Institute
PO Box 7071
Missoula, MT 59807
The Ecology Center is a non-profit, public-interest conservation organization, working to protect biological diversity and ecosystem integrity in the Northern Rockies Bioregion. They participate fully in the public land management decision process, advocating government agencies to act in conformance with environmental legislation. They also assist and empower other similar-minded groups and citizens to participate in public lands management.
The Ecology Center, Inc.
801 Sherwood Street, Suite B
Missoula, MT 59802
Women's Voices For the Earth has several campaigns and projects empowering women to become more aware and more active in changing destructive policies. They work on developing leadership programs and affecting public policy on Toxics. A few of these current projects include:
- The Campaign For Safe Cosmetics highlight the dangerous toxic chemicals contained in cosmetic products in the U.S. According to their website, this campaign "is calling on all cosmetics companies to protect our health by phasing out the use of chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects. Cosmetics and personal care companies are already phasing these chemicals out of products they sell in Europe, due to more protective public health laws. Don't we deserve the same?"
- GUTS is a group teaching leadership and self-empowerment skills to young women. Their mission is to support young women in discovering their strengths, developing their leadership skills, and using their voices to activate positive community change. They are hosting a series of summer events.
- Wild Women Float Trip on the Salmon River August 10-15 2004 GUTS. Their mission is to support young women in discovering their strengths, developing their leadership skills, and using their voices to activate positive community change. They are hosting a series of summer events.
Women's Voices For The Earth
PO Box 8743, Missoula, Montana 59807
phone: (406) 543-3747
fax: (406) 542-5632
P.O. Box 1067, Bozeman, MT 59771
phone: (406) 585-9009
fax: (406) 585-5549
Cold Mountain, Cold Rivers (CMCR) began in 1990 as a video project to improve public awareness of environmental and human rights issues in the Northern Rockies. Over the years, they've collaborated with numerous grassroots efforts to support a variety of issues, including indigenous rights, civil rights, endangered habitats, grizzlies, wolves, buffalo, fire ecology, and to provide video documentation of public protests, forest management atrocities, and more. CMCR also works on Stone Container pulp mill pollution, protecting the last wild buffalo, and supporting the rights of grassroots media volunteers to document government agents and activities without harassment or retribution.
For more info:
PO Box 7941
Missoula, Montana 59807
fax: (406) 327-1209
Wild Rockies Earth First! is a group that has transformed over the past decade, from the Ancient Forest Bus Brigade, to the Cove/Mallard Coalition, as they successfully defended the "Two Timber Sales to Terrible to Ignore" and for many years worked to stop the Cove/Mallard Timber Sales, by tenaciously holding on in the forests and in the courts, being repeatedly attacked and arrested. In 1998, they began defending two roadless sales that are exempt from the roadless rule because they were and still are under contract. These sales are called Otter-Wing and Mackey Day, and are located in Wing-Twenty Mile Roadless Area just north of Gospel Hump Wilderness Area.
For more information or to be put on their mailing list for regular updates, contact WREF!:
PO Box 1742
Missoula, MT 59806.