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Some terrific news for whales! October 29, 2005 8:22 AM

Dear NRDC BioGems Defender,

Great news for the environment is rare these days, so it's all the more
important to celebrate when we get some.

I'm thrilled to report a big leap forward in our ambitious campaign to save the
world's last unspoiled gray whale nursery at San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja, Mexico.

Yesterday, an historic agreement was signed that will permanently protect
120,000 undeveloped acres on the banks of the gray whale lagoon. This
breakthrough deal is the first phase in our visionary plan to protect one
million acres surrounding the greatest whale breeding ground on Earth.

And it was made possible thanks to $1.5 million in generous donations from NRDC
Members and supporters!

As you know, the gray whale nursery has been repeatedly threatened by plans for
industrialization. But our new agreement sends industry a message loud and
clear: we will do whatever it takes to safeguard Mother Nature's last untouched
sanctuary for the gray whale.

Please click on the links below to read two news stories -- one short, one
longer -- about the extraordinary importance of this conservation deal.

And on behalf of everyone at NRDC -- and our partners in the Laguna San Ignacio
Conservation Alliance -- let me thank you again for helping turn our ambitious
dream into a beautiful reality for the magnificent gray whale.


John H. Adams
Natural Resources Defense Council

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