The Endangered Species Act is "to provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, (and) to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered species." --ESA, Section 2, In the U.S. Congress's own words.
Dear New Mexico Members of Congress, We, the following constituents of New Mexico, respectfully request you do the following:
1. Ensure there is sufficient funding to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Endangered Species Act (ESA) programs that list and restore species to healthy populations. Examples in New Mexico are the Mexican Gray Wolf, the Sage Dunes Brush Lizard, and the Lesser Prairie Chicken.
2. Do not allow future attacks on the ESA, which would weaken the Act, to continue.
3. Accelerate recovery of those species currently listed as endangered, including, in New Mexico, the Mexican Gray Wolf.
"The beauty and genius of a work of art may be
reconceived though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished
harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a
race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must
pass ere such a one can be again."
This petition closed almost 4 years ago
Today we are at a conservation crossroad: Extinction or Recovery. 40 years ago, thousands of species in the United States faced imminent extinction. A public outcry arose, and in 1973, a...
Today we are at a conservation
crossroad: Extinction or Recovery. 40 years ago, thousands of
species in the United States faced imminent extinction. A public outcry
arose, and in 1973, a bi-partisan Congress passed the Endangered Species
Act. Since then the extinction of thousands of species has been
prevented, including iconic creatures like the American bald eagle, the
California Condor, the Florida Manatee, and the Gray Wolf. However on
the 40th anniversary of the ESA, more than half of the species listed as
endangered are in decline. Hundreds of other species await potential
listing. Our country needs to take bold action to ensure abundant natural
resources for future generations.
Healthy biologically diverse ecosystems provide Americans with essential life-sustaining "eco-system" services virtually free of charge. Economists have estimated the value of our ecosystems to be about $1.6 trillion annually, which is equivalent to more than 10% of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Our National Refuge System alone produces at least $32.3 billion annually in benefits from ecosystem services.
The ESA provides: