[PCA] Fwd: Subject: Happy Endangered Species Day!

De Angelis, Patricia patricia_deangelis at fws.gov
Thu May 16 10:38:15 CDT 2013

>From FWS Director, Dan Ashe...

Patricia S. De Angelis, Ph.D.
Botanist, Division of Scientific Authority-US Fish & Wildlife
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From: Director, FWS <fws_director at fws.gov>
Date: Thu, May 16, 2013 at 9:59 AM
Subject: Subject: Happy Endangered Species Day!

On May 17, 2013, we’ll celebrate the eighth annual Endangered Species

And celebration is especially in order as we approach the 40th anniversary
of the Endangered Species Act<http://www.fws.gov/endangered/ESA40/index.html>.
During the last 40 years, plants and animals have continued to face a
barrage of threats – habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and climate
change – but the ESA reflects an unwavering national commitment to prevent
species extinctions and to protect the habitat and ecosystems essential to
species recovery. It is one of the world’s most powerful and successful
conservation laws.

That success in saving species from extinction and helping them recover is
fueled by the dedication and hard work of our employees. Because of your
commitment to conservation, gray wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains and
Western Great Lakes, the American alligator, bald eagle and Tennessee
purple coneflower have all fully recovered and no longer need federal
protection. We can also celebrate that many other species, such as the
black-footed ferret, whooping crane, karner blue butterfly and California
condor have been brought back from the very brink of extinction and are
making major strides in their path to recovery.

We have much to be proud of, so please take a moment to celebrate success.
But we have much more work to do. The challenges we face are daunting and
growing, calling us to be more innovative, to create more conservation
incentives and to work even more closely with our partners.

This Endangered Species Day, I encourage you to honor the great work of the
many Service employees, partners and private citizens who have made this
great law work for species and people. Consider visiting a school,
community group or other organization to talk about the unique natural
resources our agency protects. Another way to show support is to
participate in local events <http://www.stopextinction.org/esd.html> and
other venues that will educate and motivate others to support endangered
species conservation.

The Endangered Species Act reflects the special value our society places
upon conservation of our native treasure of fish, wildlife and plants.
 Carrying out this charge, to preserve these species for future
generations, is the highest calling of wildlife professionals.   We have
been fortunate it has been there for the past 40 years. Let’s work to
ensure it is around for many more.

Thank you for your hard work to make the ESA the proud success it is. Happy
Endangered Species Day!

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