Thursday, May 1, 2008

Fw: 4 Days Left to Protect Teddy Bear Habitat

--- On Thu, 5/1/08, Kristin Johnson, National Wildlife Federation <> wrote:

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Help Protect Teddy Bear Habitat!
DEADLINE: May 5, 2008

Dear Friend of Wildlife,

May 5th is the fast-approaching deadline to send your official public comment to the Environmental Protection Agency supporting their plan to stop the Yazoo Pumps, a project that threatens the habitat of the endangered Louisiana Black Bear.

Speak up today!

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the EPA is using their "veto authority" to stop the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from constructing the environmentally destructive Yazoo Pumps project.

But for the final veto to go through, the EPA needs to hear from you that you want this project gone.

Just one minute of your time will help protect 200,000 acres of Mississippi Delta wetlands that would be drained and destroyed by the pumps. These are the same wetlands where Theodore Roosevelt famously refused to shoot a bear that had been tied to a tree--an action that sparked the creation of the teddy bear.

Dump The Pumps

Black Bear Cub

Stopping this project will also protect some of the best wildlife habitat in the heart of the Mississippi River Flyway, keep several wildlife refuges and national forests healthy and save taxpayers more than $220 million!

On April 17th, hundreds of people came to the public hearing in Vicksburg Mississippi to support the EPA's plan to veto the pumps.

Now YOU can help by personalizing and sending comments to the EPA to make sure they "Dump the Pumps" to protect Mississippi's precious wetlands and wildlife.

Let's flood the EPA with messages urging them to protect this great wildlife habitat!

Thank you very much,

Kristin Johnson
Grassroots Mobilization Coordinator
National Wildlife Federation

Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

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