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Subject: Repeal the ESA Now!

February 3, 2006

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USDA Abandons Private Database Concept for NAIS

Willacy County Tries Taking Nature Conservancy's Beach at Padre Island

Protecting Bear Costs $6K/year

Repeal the ESA Now!
A campaign to repeal the ESA is in full gear lead by Stewards of the Range, Liberty Matters and American Land Foundation. "To date, we have collected over 2,500 signatures and it's growing daily," said Margaret Byfield, executive director of Stewards. Richard Pombo (R-CA), passed an ESA bill that "strengthened and modernized" the Act, but provided aid to landowners whose land was affected by endangered species. Now, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) has filed S. 2110, a bill that looks nothing like the House bill and it is reported Senators Inhofe (R-OK), Lincoln Chaffee (R-RI), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and James Jeffords (I-VT) are working on their own version. The Senate is a much more liberal body where property rights protections are rare. "It may not be politically correct to say, but the truth of the matter is, the ESA is a tool to control private property and it has never been used to protect endangered species," stated Byfield. "It needs to be repealed." To sign the letter calling for repeal of the ESA go to or call 1-800-847-0227.

USDA: No Mandatory Animal ID By 2009
The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) coordinator, Neil Hammerschmidt, told members of R-CALF USA at their annual meeting there won't be a mandatory animal ID program in place by 2009, as stated in the Draft Strategic Plan. The delay is due to producer complaints about the proposed methods of storing the data and the need to address those concerns. Further, he said, USDA's attorneys are researching whether they have the authority to require producers to report livestock movement to a private entity. Dr. John Clifford, who is in charge of NAIS, said USDA is proposing the development of a "mega data repository" that would tap into existing livestock association data bases and state and tribal animal health agencies. This system could allow USDA "to send queries for animal movement records only to those databases that have information on a subject animal or animals. The next step for USDA, Clifford said, is to "begin evaluating the animal movement tracking databases of organizations wanting to participate in the NAIS." Postponement of the mandatory animal ID phase brings into question why several states insist on proceeding with plans to require mandatory premises registration if USDA is unable to have the program running until after 2009. Texas, for example, still plans to require mandatory premises registration by July 1, 2006.

Tide Turns on Nature Conservancy
Commissioners from Willacy County, Texas, are hoping acquisition of a part of Padre Island will encourage an influx of beach-going tourists and give a boost to the County's coffers. However, they are facing a problem. The owner of the targeted land belongs to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and that group doesn't want to sell. The commissioners figure they could bolster the county's sagging economy by ferrying beach-goers to Padre Island from the fishing port at Port Mansfield, a nine-and-a-half mile trip across the Laguna Madre Bay. Since TNC refused to cooperate, the Commissioners voted in November to seize the land by eminent domain. County Attorney Juan Angel Guerra said they can legally do so because it will allow the public easier access to the island satisfying the "public use" requirements of the Fifth Amendment, as well as, Texas' newly minted eminent domain law. The county didn't let TNC in on the plan, however. "No one at Willacy County has made any attempt whatsoever to contact the Nature Conservancy about this matter," said Carter Smith, TNC's state director. TNC had earlier entertained the thought, but reconsidered after concerns about how the County would protect endangered species. Port Director Mike Wilson repudiated TNC's environmental worries: "I don't know why there would be more of an impact for our people coming over on a boat," he said. "How would there be any more impact than people driving [25 miles] up the beach?"

ESA Costs $1.4 Billion for 2004
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent a report to Congress last week detailing the costs incurred to manage endangered species for the year 2004, the latest information available. The Service gathered the numbers from 30 federal agencies in all 50 states. The information includes everything from scientific research and public meetings to law enforcement, planning and paperwork. The government spent an estimated $6,000 per grizzly bear and with the species believed to number between 1,200 and 1,400 in the western states, the total climbed to about $7.7 million in 2004. The government's wolves ate up $3.2 million in 2004, an estimated $3,878 for each of the known 835 predators. The pallid salmon, a pre-historic-looking bottom-feeder that plays a major role in government plans to control the Mississippi River corridor cost 13 million. All in all, the agency's report concluded that at least $1.4 billion was spent in 2004. Money well-spent believes Tom France, of the National Wildlife Foundation. "I think there's a tremendous ripple effect," he said. "For a species like the grizzly, it's an indicator species for the wildness of the greater Yellowstone." Remember, a billion seconds ago it was 1959. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate Washington spends.


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