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Subject: Urgent message from New England Wild Flower Society and NEWFS 
Conservation Director Bill Brumback




NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY: CALL YOUR SENATOR ON MARCH 9 IN SUPPORT OF THE
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT!


Be the voice for the native plants and the health of our natural
habitats. Please join the Society and me in this urgent action and call
your Senator. You will find contact information below.

-Bill Brumback, Director of Conservation, New England Wild Flower
Society

The Endangered Species Act is Under Threat

For more than thirty years, the Endangered Species Act has been a safety
net for wildlife, fish, and plants on the brink of extinction. Now the
effectiveness of the Act itself is under immediate threat, and it needs
your help. The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would
significantly weaken protections for endangered species and habitat. It
is now up to the U.S. Senate to save the Endangered Species Act.

This situation is urgent because the Senate Committee on Environment and
Public Works may soon take action that would severely undermine the
positive effects of the Endangered Species Act.

New England Wild Flower Society is STRONGLY AGAINST these revisions.

        A recent analysis showed that 93% of New England species listed
under the Act increased in number or maintained stable population
numbers. As you know, with assistance from the Act, NEWFS was
instrumental in helping to recover the Robbin's cinquefoil (Potentilla
robbinsiana).

       It is critically important that Senators from across the country
hear from their constituents that the American public supports the
Endangered Species Act and the fish, plants, and wildlife it protects in
their states.   Please join thousands of Americans across the country by
calling your Senators on Thursday, March 9.   Please ask your friends,
relatives, and colleagues to join you in calling. It only takes about
three minutes of your time, but the results could last a lifetime.


ACTION: On Thursday, March 9, call your Senators in support of a strong
Endangered Species Act and urge them to oppose any efforts to change the
Act.

You can search for contact information on your Senator at
www.senate.gov. Phone numbers are given below:

Connecticut:
Dodd, Christopher J. - (D - CT) - (202) 224-2823
Lieberman, Joseph I. - (D - CT) - (202) 224-4041

Maine:
Collins, Susan M. - (R - ME) - (202) 224-2523
Snowe, Olympia J. - (R - ME) - (202) 224-5344

Massachusetts:
Kennedy, Edward M. - (D - MA) - (202) 224-4543
Kerry, John F. - (D - MA) - (202) 224-2742

New Hampshire:
Gregg, Judd- (R - NH) - (202) 224-3324
Sununu, John E. - (R - NH) - (202) 224-2841

Rhode Island:
Chafee, Lincoln - (R - RI) - (202) 224-2921
Reed, Jack - (D - RI) - (202) 224-4642

Vermont:
Jeffords, James M. - (I - VT) - (202) 224-5141
Leahy, Patrick J. - (D - VT) - (202) 224-4242



BACKGROUND:

The House of Representatives passed a bill in September of 2005 that
would significantly weaken protections for endangered species and
habitat. If Representative Pombo's bill (HR 3824) becomes law, it would
eliminate habitat protection, abandon the commitment to recovering
species on the brink of extinction, repeal protections against hazardous
pesticides, and politicize the scientific decision-making process. In
addition, it would set up an unprecedented entitlement program that
would require the federal government to use taxpayers' dollars to pay
developers for complying with the Endangered Species Act's prohibition
against killing or injuring endangered species.

It is now up to the Senate to save the Endangered Species Act. Senators
need to stand up and support the Endangered Species Act.

The Endangered Species Act is a successful law. According to the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, over 99% of species given the Act's
protection are still with us today; their extinction has been prevented.
In addition, the American public supports the Endangered Species Act. A
poll by Decision Research illustrated that 86% of American voters
support the Endangered Species Act.

The Endangered Species Act is a safety net for wildlife, plants, and
fish that are on the brink of extinction. We owe it to our children and
grandchildren to be good stewards of the environment and leave behind a
legacy of protecting endangered species and the special places they call
home.







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