Stop the Attack on America’s National Wildlife Refuges
Birds, wildlife, and American communities who benefit from The National Wildlife Refuge System are facing an unprecedented attack. HR 3009, the National Wildlife Refuge Review Act of 2011, would effectively halt the growth of the refuge system, which is critical to wildlife conservation.
Your letters of opposition are critical right now. The House Natural Resources committee is expected to vote on this misguided legislation this month.
Why it Matters
The National Wildlife Refuge System is a cornerstone of bird and wildlife conservation in the United States, historically receiving broad support from Americans who understand the importance of a healthy ecosystem. HR 3009 is an affront to the wildlife that the refuge system protects and to the local communities who benefit from these refuges, people who partake in the public process to create them.
- HR 3009 would make it impossible for any President to establish new refuges. That’s a huge problem, because the Executive branch—including every President since Theodore Roosevelt— and Congress has established 90 percent of all refuges1 since 1903.
- Passage of this bill will also undo important conservation work that’s already been accomplished after September 2011.
According to David Yarnold, President & CEO National Audubon Society:
The creation of new wildlife refuges has always been bipartisan, with nearly the same number created by Republican and Democratic administrations, including the recent addition of the 50 million acre Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument added by President George W. Bush in 2009. HR 3009 is a blatant attempt to halt any growth of the Refuge System and is retroactive from September 30, 2011, meaning the newly established Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area would cease to be a refuge should this bill pass.
We can turn the tide right now, before necessary expansions are crippled forever.
1 The National Wildlife Refuge Association has prepared a spreadsheet of refuges in chronological order of establishment, with “A” (Administrative) or “C” (Congress) denoting how each was established.