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NFC: Fw: [Updates] Endangered Species Activist Conference at American University, Washington, DC June 4-7
I wanted to let you all know about this important conference, which will
take place in Washington, DC June 4-7. For more information, please
Greg Clouser, Policy Coordinator, GrassRoots Environmental Effectiveness
Network, (202) 682-9400 x 289, GClouser at Defender_Defenders.org
Suzy McDowell, American Rivers
Endangered Species Activist Conference at American University,
Washington, D.C. June 4-7, 1999
Don't miss this important event! Top endangered species activists in
North America will converge in Washington DC to discuss:
Implementation and Reauthorization Habitat Conservation Plans
Strategy for the next millennium
REGISTRATION: Detach this section and send to: ESC Conference, 1101
14th Street, NW, Ste. 1400, Washington, DC, 20005. Registration
deadline May 17th.
(You can register by printing out this email and mailing in your
completed registration page.)
City State Zip
LODGING: Lodging is available at the conference site in the
dormitories of American University. If you would like to take
advantage of inexpensive dormitory lodging please indicate below the
nights of your stay. Please note only limited singles are available.
We cannot guarantee your room preference. Friday Saturday
Single ($49 per night) X no. of nights $ Double ($33 per night) X no.
of nights $
I would like to share a room with:
Meals: Meals will be available at the campus cafeteria. In addition,
there are sandwich shops in various locations on campus. The meal
plan costs $55 and includes three breakfasts, two lunches, and two
$55 meal plan X no. of people $
FEES: There is a $25 registration fee per person to attend the
conference. To reserve a space make your check payable to the
Endangered Species Coalition for the entire amount, including any
meal plan, lodging and registration, and include it with this
$25 Registration Fee X no. of people $
SCHOLARSHIPS: Limited scholarships covering room, board and travel
are available for attendees. You can request a scholarship form by
calling (202) 682-9400 x 289 or e-mail gclouser at defenders_org. Please
note: If you are applying for a scholarship, send the $25
registration fee, this registration form, and the scholarship form to
the address above. Those not receiving scholarships must pay the
remaining balance at the conference.
Check here if you are interested in Monday's lobby event
FRIDAY, June 4th: Welcome Reception on Capitol Hill
SATURDAY, June 5th: AM PLENARIES: "25 Years Later: Where the ESA is
Today" Daniel Rohlf, Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School. "Regional
Perspectives on the ESA" Activists from each region will give updates
on their region's endangered species issues.
PM SESSIONS: "Evolving Science: A discussion of the AIBS Report on
HCPs" Breakout Workshops: "Practical and Tactical Methods for ESA
Implementation in Your Region" I. HCPs: Habitat Conservation Plans
will soon cover over 24 million acres of nonfederal habitat in the
U.S. Find out what this means to your area and how you can comment
and influence local HCPs. Three sections will focus on regional and
urban HCPs, forest HCPs, and No Surprises and Safe Harbors
II. PUBLIC LANDS: Thousands of projects on federally managed lands,
and in our public waters, impact endangered species. Learn how these
projects are reviewed and how you can influence them. Three sections
will focus on forests, rangelands, and water HCPs.
III. LISTING & RECOVERY: Without listing, an imperiled species has no
federal protection. Learn how to get declining species listed, and
how to follow up with critical habitat designation and recovery
planning. Three sections will focus on listing, critical habitat, and
SATURDAY EVENING PLENARY: Endangered Species Slide Program featuring
Joel Sartore, award winning photographer for National Geographic.
Followed by inspirational words from Brock Evans, Director of the
Endangered Species Campaign. Saturday Night Party!!!
SUNDAY, June 6th
AM PLENARY: "The Snail Darter Still Swims in the Politics and Logic
of the ESA." Zygg Plater, Professor, Boston College. Considered by
many as one of the fathers of the Endangered Species Act, Zygg led
the landmark lawsuit in the 1970s against the Tellico Dam.
"A Look Into the Future of the ESA." Panel and open strategy
discussion on reauthorization and implementation of the ESA. Special
guest panelists will include Sarah Dover, Director of the Canadian
Endangered Species Campaign, Jean Flemma, Minority Staff of the House
Resources Committee, and Sue George, a specialist on state endangered
species laws with Defenders of Wildlife.
PM BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS: "Honing Your Grassroots and Advocacy Skills"
I. Lobbying: Workshops on influencing national decisionmakers, the
do's and don'ts of lobbying, in-district and town hall meetings, with
role playing and handson materials. II. District Organizing:
Workshops on organizing an effective endangered species movement in
your district. Topics will include influencing decision-makers,
recruiting volunteers and leadership development, and developing a
campaign. III. Allied Voices: Workshops featuring national Allied
Voices expert Suellen Lowry who will show us how to network with
allied voices in the religious, science, medical and sporting
communities. IV. Media: Hands on workshops on effectively
communicating with the media, using print, radio and tv.
EVENING SESSION: Regional/State Caucuses: An opportunity for
activists to strategize with others from their region.
MONDAY June 7th:
Check the box on the registration form if you are interested in
participating in Monday's lobby visits.
Dear Friends, If you have this in hand, it probably means you are a
committed activist who is all too familiar with the pitched battles
the environmental community has been waging in the past few years
over the reauthorization and implementation of this nation's most
important conservation legislation--the Endangered Species Act.
The upcoming ESA Activist's Conference presents an unparalleled
opportunity for the top biodiversity activists in the country to come
together to discuss, strategize, and share experiences over the war
we are waging against those who are committed to destroying the ESA.
As you are probably all too aware, the ESA still has not been
reauthorized for the new millenium. Congress is increasingly
sympathetic to development and industry interests, and the current
administration seems intent on weakening the ESA through its failure
to properly implement the Act. Yet at the same time our ranks
continue to grow in numbers and strength. In the past year we
successfully derailed attempts in the 105th Congress to substantialy
weaken the Act and found 108 cosponsors to Congressman George
Miller's positive ESA reauthorization bill.
There are many challenges ahead--but the opportunities for our
eventual success are even greater. We can pass a stronger Endangered
Species Act, and we can force the administration to implement the law
so as to protect species, not corporations. Come to this important
conference with us and learn how to do it!
Brock Evans Director, Endangered Species Coalition
Endangered Species Coalition 1999 Activist Conference
The Endangered Species Coalition would like every individual
interested in attending the 1999 ESA Activist Conference to be able
to attend. To that end, the ESC has limited funds available to
assist attendees with travel and room and board expenses for the
conference. Please complete the following scholarship application
to help us better determine your background and interest in
endangered species issues. Please return to: ESC Conference, 1101
14th Street., NW, Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20005, fax (202) 682-
Telephone: Home ( ) Work ( )
Briefly describe your personal involvement with endangered species.
How long have you been active on this issue?
What do you hope to accomplish by attending the ESC Conference?
The ESC encourages activists to appeal to local or regional
organizations as a primary source of financial assistance. Explain
why you need financial assistance and describe your efforts to obtain
financial assistance through other organizations.
What amounts, if any, will you be able to contribute to the overall
cost of the conference? What is your lowest estimated total cost for
participating in the conference?
GrassRoots Environmental Effectiveness Network
A project of Defenders of Wildlife
1101 14th Street, NW, Ste. 1400
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-9400 x 289
GClouser at Defender_Defenders.org