Fwd: Support for a Wildlife Conservation Stamp
- I got this message from the local birding community. They are working on a media campaign and looking for someone with legal expertise to write a draft bill. The plan is to have one of the representatives of the Wildlife Refuge Caucus introduce legislation to create the stamp which will work exactly like the Duck Stamp only for non-extractive users of the refuges. Meanwhile they are looking for diverse people to support the idea on the About Us page. It's just a beginning but, with the refuges being so devastatingly underfunded, we hope everyone will realize that this is an alternative source of income that can really work for our refuge system. Once we have an actual piece of legislation drawn up, we can start with the petitions and letters to congress. Larry's email is below if you want to tell him what you think.---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Larry Jordan <larry@...>
Date: Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Subject: Support for a Wildlife Conservation Stamp
To: Karen Scheuermann <karens2020@...>
As you may or may not know, I've been working with Ingrid Taylar (of TheWildBeat.com formerly TheFreeQuark.com) toward the implementation of an alternative to the Duck Stamp for non-extractive users of our National Wildlife Refuge System. In the coming months we'll be expanding our efforts, and we're asking like-minded members of the birding, photography, scientific, conservation and wildlife communities to join us in building a diverse coalition of supporters.
If you are not familiar with our proposal, please go to the website and read it: http://wildlifeconservationstamp.org/the-proposal.
We believe this is an idea whose time has come. Our National Wildlife Refuge System is in dire need of support. Consistent underfunding cripples our refuges which have an operations and maintenance backlog of $3.3 billion and chronic understaffing problems.
According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service's 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, there were nearly twice as many wildlife watchers (71.8 million) than hunters and anglers (37.4 million). We can make a huge difference with a dedicated stream of income, and thus ensure a thriving future for our refuges and their wild residents.
If our National Wildlife Refuge System is important to you, but like many of us, you can't see yourself buying a Duck Stamp -- or you'd rather be counted as a non-extractive user by purchasing an alternative Wildlife Conservation Stamp -- please let me know so I can add you to the "About Us" page (http://wildlifeconservationstamp.org/about-us) of our newly created website: WildifeConservationStamp.org. Send your name, photo, bio and a link to your website. We need a photo at least 150 x 150 pixels and a short biographical sketch.
Thank you for your consideration! I look forward to hearing from you.
--Karen Scheuermann, Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit holder, Tehama Wild Care, Cottonwood, CA