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Keep HOWLing: Call Bennet and Udall!

[large thumbnail url=”keep-howling-call-bennet-and-udall” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”06″] [thumbnail icon url=”keep-howling-call-bennet-and-udall” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”12″ day=”06″] Colorado, once the base for the extermination of wolves in the first half of the 20th century, can be the voice for reason as attempts to use Congress to delist wolves continue to move forward.

Call and write to your local congressional representative and Colorado senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.

Contact Michael Bennet

Online Contact Form

Denver Metro Office – (303) 455-7600 – Toll Free: (866) 455-9866
Four Corners Office – (970) 259-1710
Pikes Peak Office – (719) 328-1100
North Central Office – (970) 224-2200
High Plains Office –  (970) 542-9446
Northwest/I-70W Office – (970) 241-6631
Arkansas River Office – (719) 542-7550
San Luis Valley Office – (719) 587-0096
Washington, D.C. Office  – (202) 224-5852

Contact Mark Udall

Online Contact Form

Washington, D.C. – P: 202-224-5941

Coloradans, call toll-free: 877-7-MUDALL (877-768-3255)

Denver Metro Area Region – 303-650-7820
Pikes Peak Region – 719-471-3993
West Slope Region – 970-245-9553
North Central / High Plains Region – 970-356-5586
Southern Colorado and San Luis Valley Region – 719-542-1701
Four Corners Region – 970-247-1047

Congressional Representatives
Remember, members of the house of representative don’t serve the entire state, and therefore often only respond to/accept communication from people who live within the area they represent.

If you don’t know who your representative is, use this helpful site to find out: govtrack.us or https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

1st District – Diana Degette

Online Contact Form

Denver Office – (303) 844-4988
Washington, D.C. Office – (202) 225-4431

2nd District  – Jared Polis

Online Contact Form

Washington D.C. – (202) 225-2161

3rd District – John SalazarOnline Contact Form

 

Washington, DC – 202-225-4761
Grand Junction – 970-245-7107
Pueblo – 719-543-8200
Durango – 970-259-1012
Alamosa – 719-587-5105

4th District – Betsy Markey (outgoing) – Cory Gardner (incoming)Betsy Markey no longer accepts communication (due to the fact that she lost the 2010 elections). She is referring communication to the senators: Mark Udall and Michael Bennet

 

Cory Gardner’s Website appears to be taken over by a spam/malware style squatter. The only way I could find to send communication to Gardner is through his facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/GardnerforColorado

5th District – Doug Lamborn

Online Contact Form

Washington, DC – (202) 225-4422
Colorado Springs – (719) 520-0055
Buena Vista – (719) 520-0055

6th District – Mike Coffman

Online Contact Form

Lone Tree – (720) 283-9772
Washington, D.C – (202) 225-7882

7th District – Ed Perlmutter

Online Contact Form

Washington DC – 202.225.2645
Lakewood – 303.274.7944

Don’t know what to write?

Here is a sample letter with some talking points to help you get started:

Mr/Mrs. Representative/Senator,

I am highly concerned about S3864, the bill introduced by senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester. It is even more alarming to see Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar supporting congressional intervention, delisting wolves from the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

“This legislation  provides the Federal Government with needed authority to protect an irreplaceable part of our national heritage-threatened wildlife” – President Richard Nixon, 1973 as he signed the Endangered Species Act in to law.

The major sources for concern are as follows:

Wyoming’s weak attempt at a wolf management plan.

This would not be an issue if sufficient pressure was put on the state of Wyoming to draft and adopt a wolf management plan in line with those used by Montana and Idaho. The Federal USFWS approved the plans of the other two states, but even they recognized that the Wyoming plan was woefully inadequate. Instead of using Congress to gut the integrity of the ESA, use this energy to pressure Wyoming in to doing the right thing – step up, and create a scientifically valid and reasonable wolf management plan.

Mexican Gray Wolves

There are only a few dozen Mexican Gray wolves in the wild now, and the Baucus-Tester bill makes no concession for the critically endangered subspecies. Leaving the recovery plan in the hands of multiple states to manage as they see fit is a recipe for disaster. The Arizona Game and Fish Division Commission voted to support congressional legislative delisting stating it would stop the “gridlock.” The reintroduction program spans not only states, but countries, and a lack of Federal oversight on this program will lead to certain disaster.

Gutting the ESA

Using congress to do what is essentially an end-around, legislatively removing a species from the list instead of allowing science to guide that decision, is setting a precedent which will be highly damaging to the Endangered Species Act. There are many special interests who have been wanting to get their hands on the ESA and make changes, removing species which are a particular thorn in their sides.

If Congress shows that politically heat is enough to get a species (even one that is critically endangered) taken off the list, then it will only be a matter of time before logging, land development and other special interests lobby their favorite congressman or senator with promise of campaign finance to take more species off the list.

I appreciate you taking the time to read my opinions on this matter and hope you keep these in your thoughts when you are casting votes on behalf of your constituents.

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