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Please endorse Rep. Raúl Grijalva for S ecretary of Interior

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  • CyberBrook
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 9, 2008
      > Big Wildlife just learned the Center for Biological Diversity is
      > circulating a letter endorsing Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva for
      > Secretary of the Interior (see letter below). *Big Wildlife
      > wholeheartedly supports Rep. Grijalva as Interior Secretary and
      > appreciates the Center taking a lead on this critical appointment
      > Since a decision on the Interior Secretary post may be made by
      > President-elect Obama as soon as _Monday, December _8, Big Wildlife
      > urges you to add your organization to the letter below ASAP. *Rep.
      > Grijalva has been a champion for endangered species, wildlife, and
      > wildlands. Big Wildlife was especially grateful when Rep. Grijalva
      > introduced the Bear Protection Act that would have extended important
      > safeguards to bears. *We believe Rep. Grijalva would be an outstanding
      > Interior Secretary.
      > To sign on, simply send the following information to Brian Vincent at*
      > brian@... <mailto:brian@...>:
      > YOUR NAME:
      > TITLE:
      > ADDRESS:
      > PHONE:
      > EMAIL:
      > Brian will forward your information to the Center for Biological
      > Diversity as soon as he receives it. Again, time if of the essence so
      > please respond promptly. Our apologies for the short notice. Thanks.
      > TO DATE*
      > December 8, 2008
      > President-elect Barack Obama
      > Office of the President-elect
      > 451 6th Street NW
      > Washington, DC 20004
      > Conservationists Support Raúl Grijalva for Secretary of the Interior
      > Dear President-elect Obama:
      > As you make appointments to your Cabinet, we encourage you to consider
      > Congressman Raúl Grijalva for Secretary of the Interior. The new
      > Secretary of the Interior must bring strong, focused leadership to the
      > position in order to ameliorate the devastating effects of the Bush
      > administration’s eight years of failed environmental policy. We
      > strongly believe that Congressman Grijalva’s background and record
      > show him to be a leader ready for this challenge.
      > As Arizona’s congressional representative, Congressman Grijalva has
      > shown a broad range of passion and expertise for conservation and
      > management of public lands. He has highlighted the Bush
      > administration’s attempts to undercut science in favor of industry
      > interests and sought ways to work with agencies and environmental
      > groups to better protect public lands. For this, Grijalva has gained
      > respect in the environmental community for his clear and decisive
      > positions on sometimes complicated issues.
      > As a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Grijalva was
      > responsible for leading one of the largest counties in the United
      > States. With large urban areas, vast expanses of federal land, rapid
      > population growth, a high density of endangered species, a shared
      > border with Mexico, and an ethnically and politically diverse
      > populace, Pima County is microcosm of the issues a Secretary of the
      > Interior must be capable of managing. In this position, Grijalva
      > demonstrated not only knowledge of the issues, but a natural ability
      > to bring differing interests together to reach mutually acceptable
      > agreement. He was a leader in the development, approval and funding
      > of the precedent-setting Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan. Bringing
      > federal, state and county governments together with conservationists,
      > developers and scientists, Congressman Grijalva helped forge one of
      > the most far sighted endangered species protection plans in the nation.
      > One of the immediate tasks for the Secretary of the Interior will be
      > to deal with growing national water problems. Management of drought
      > and the ability of the Secretary to bring powerful, conflicting
      > interests to the table will be essential, as evidenced by the recent
      > crises in Georgia and Florida, the continuing controversy on the
      > Klamath River, and the scientific consensus that the Colorado River is
      > dangerously over-allocated. Grijalva has long been involved in
      > drought management on the San Pedro, Santa Cruz and Colorado Rivers
      > and is well-prepared to tackle these issues on a national level.
      > Grijalva’s record of anticipating and working to address growing
      > environmental problems will also be an important asset in the
      > Secretary of the Interior position. Expanding forest fires, the
      > melting of the Arctic, drought in the interior West and Southeast,
      > loss of endangered species habitat, rangeland degradation, and
      > permitting of coal mines, coal plants, and other traditional and
      > alternative energy projects all point to global warming becoming the
      > central issue for DOI lands and jurisdiction. Grijalva has been a
      > leader in pressing Interior and other federal agencies to integrate
      > global warming issues into their planning and permitting.
      > Grijalva’s experience in key environmental Congressional caucuses has
      > prepared him to lead the full range of agencies within the Department
      > of the Interior. In addition to his chairmanship and work on public
      > lands, he has worked closely with Native American communities ­ his
      > district includes seven sovereign nations ­ and has served on the
      > Subcommittee on Insular Affairs. Also, as a Representative from the
      > arid southwest he is intimately familiar with the responsibilities of
      > the Bureau of Reclamation.
      > Further, Grijalva’s leadership in the labor and Hispanic communities
      > has allowed him to move beyond the long-held false dichotomies of
      > environment vs. jobs and species vs. rural communities to promote
      > better management and use of public lands. This is especially
      > important because Hispanics are the fastest growing users of public
      > lands in the West. Their interests have been largely ignored to date,
      > even when those interests are harmed by federal land development and
      > extraction and access policies. The Interior will benefit from
      > Grijalva’s ability to bring these interests to the table.
      > Grijalva’s demonstrated keen knowledge of procedural issues regarding
      > public lands will also be an asset to the Secretary of the Interior
      > position. In 2008, he led efforts to stop damaging mining on BLM
      > lands and other federal lands where the Secretary of the Interior, BLM
      > and Minerals Management Services have permitting authorization. This
      > was largely due to his innate ability to understand and compellingly
      > explain how poorly planned mining threatens local communities and
      > water supplies.
      > In the last decade, central management issues on public lands ­
      > including logging, ORVs, fire management, grazing, mining and water
      > conservation ­ have changed from deeply rural issues to an urban
      > interface. Grijalva’s experience in the major urban center of Tucson
      > has provided a hands-on understanding of the new urban-edge dynamic
      > and an appreciation of the resulting political constituencies that are
      > emerging.
      > The next Secretary of the Interior must have a nuanced understanding
      > of the complex issues involved in protecting and stewarding our
      > natural resources and lands. With the recent economic downturn, there
      > will be calls for increased energy production at the risk of
      > significant environmental destruction. We believe that Congressman
      > Grijalva’s demonstrated strength in navigating these sensitive issues
      > and his commitment to science-based decision-making will serve the
      > Interior well as it moves beyond the Bush administration’s policies.
      > As organizations dedicated to protecting imperiled animals, plants and
      > our wild lands through sound science and enforcement of environmental
      > laws, we regularly interact with federal agencies within the
      > Department of the Interior. It is with this perspective that we
      > heartily endorse Raúl Grijalva to be appointed as its Secretary.
      > Sincerely,
      > Craig C. Downer, President
      > Andean Tapir Fund
      > Minden, NV
      > Elisabeth Jennings, Executive Director
      > Animal Protection of New Mexico, Inc.
      > Albuquerque, NM
      > Karen Michael, Board Member
      > Animal Defense League of Arizona
      > Phoenix, AZ
      > Roger Featherstone, Member
      > Arizona Mining Reform Coalition
      > Tucson, AZ
      > Kevin Gaither-Banchoff, Executive Director
      > Arizona Wilderness Coalition
      > Tucson, AZ
      > Brian Vincent, Communications Director
      > Big Wildlife
      > Williams, OR
      > Erik Molvar, Executive Director
      > Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
      > Laramie, WY
      > Vernon Masayesva, Executive Director
      > Black Mesa Trust
      > Kykotsmovi, AZ
      > Mike Mease, Campaign Coordinator
      > Buffalo Field Campaign
      > West Yellowstone, MT
      > Michael J. Painter, Coordinator
      > Californians for Western Wilderness
      > San Francisco, CA
      > Donna Charpied, Policy Advocate
      > Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
      > Desert Center, CA
      > Josh Pollock, Executive Director
      > Center for Native Ecosystems
      > Denver, CO
      > Karen Schambach, President
      > Center for Sierra Nevada Conservation
      > Georgetown, CA
      > Larry Charpied, President
      > Citizens for the Chuckwalla Valley
      > Desert Center, CA
      > Steve Brooks, Director
      > The Clinch Coalition
      > Nickelsville, Va.
      > Sandy Buffett, Executive Director
      > Conservation Voters New Mexico
      > Santa Fe, NM
      > Nick Ervin, President
      > Desert Protective Council
      > San Diego, CA
      > Christina McVie, Science Director
      > Desert Watch
      > Tucson, AZ
      > Rob Fisher, Executive Director
      > ECO- The Ecological Conservation Organization
      > Little Rock, AR
      > Rick Erman, Member
      > Friends of Anderson Mesa
      > Phoenix, AZ
      > Shiloh Walkosak, Executive Director
      > Friends of Ironwood Forest
      > Tucson, AZ
      > Vivian Grant, President
      > The Fund for Horses
      > Houston, TX
      > M.H. Salmon, Chairman
      > Gila Conservation Coalition
      > Silver City, NM
      > Allyson Siwik, Executive Director
      > Gila Resources Information Project
      > Silver City, NM
      > Bill Hedden, Executive Director
      > Grand Canyon Trust
      > Flagstaff, AZ
      > Kelly Burke, Executive Director
      > Grand Canyon Wildlands Council
      > Flagstaff, AZ
      > Robert Hoskins, Director
      > Gravel Bar
      > Crowheart, WY
      > Veronica Egan, Executive Director
      > Great Old Broads for Wilderness
      > Durango, CO
      > Karen Michael, Board Member
      > Humane Voters of Arizona
      > Phoenix, AZ
      > Herbert Fibel, President
      > Maricopa Audubon Society
      > Phoenix, AZ
      > Steve Capra, Executive Director
      > New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
      > Albuquerque, NM
      > Regna Merritt, Executive Director
      > Oregon Wild
      > Portland, OR
      > Daniel Patterson, Southwest Director
      > Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
      > Tucson, AZ
      > Terry Shepherd, Executive Director
      > Red Rock Forests
      > Moab, UT
      > David R. Parsons, Vice-Chairman
      > The Rewilding Institute
      > Albuquerque, NM
      > Steve Harris, Executive Director
      > Rio Grande Restoration
      > Embudo, NM
      > Scott Groene, Executive Director
      > Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
      > Salt Lake City, UT
      > Kevin Bixby, Executive Director
      > Southwest Environmental Center
      > Las Cruces, NM
      > Elisabeth Jennings, Executive Director
      > The Animal Protection Voters
      > Albuquerque, NM
      > Dr. Paul Green, Executive Director
      > Tucson Audubon
      > Tucson, AZ
      > Melanie Gasparich, Executive Director
      > Upper Gila Watershed Alliance
      > Gila, New Mexico
      > Jon Marvel, Executive Director
      > Western Watersheds Project
      > Hailey, ID
      > Don Hoffman, Board Director
      > White Mountain Conservation League
      > Pinetop, AZ
      > John Horning, Executive Director
      > WildEarth Guardians
      > Santa Fe, NM
      > Kim Vacariu, Western Director
      > Wildlands Project
      > Portal, AZ
      > Scott Silver, Executive Director
      > Wild Wilderness
      > Bend, OR
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