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Letter to send to Senators. February 21, 2011 11:45 PM

Dear Senator ---

As an wildlife conservation advocate, I am deeply disturbed by Section
1713 (p. 266) of the House's Continuing Resolution - 2011 which was
passed on Feb. 19, 2011.  This section states, "Before the end of the
60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the
Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on
April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other
provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such
rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to
judicial review."

Please be advised that I vehemently oppose this section of the House's
version of the Appropriations bill.  Buried deep within the text of
the bill, it covertly voids US District Judge Donald Molloy's ruling
that re-listed wolves on the Endangered Species List as of August,
2010. In addition, Sec. 1713 seemingly precludes any judicial review
of decisions which may result in de-listing the gray wolf from the
Endangered Species List in the future.

It's not the role of Congress to decide which species should or should
not receive protection from the ESA. The ESA is one of our most
respected environmental laws. Its power lies in the independent,
scientific consultation at its heart. In fact, Congress has never
successfully legislated a species-specific decision under the ESA.
Wolves should not be the first. That is a decision that should be made
by independent science.   The ESA, and issues related to wolf
restoration,  requires clear thinking, strategic planning and science-
based decision-making.  To legislate such a decision would weaken the
Act and set a dangerous precedent that could lead to more native fish,
wildlife, and plants being wrongly stripped of protection.

Respectfully submitted,

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