MEET MEEA IN ST. LOUIS
St. Louis Regional Forum on Environmental Education
Saturday, August 2, 2003
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit, MO
The Assembly Building
Schedule of Events:
8:30 Registration / Continental Breakfast
9:00 What is MEEA? An Overview of Programs
10:15 Interact Session 1 - Choose one topic.
11:30 Interact Session 2 - Choose one topic.
1:00 Field Trip Options: Choose one:
1. Tour Submerged Flow Septic System: See how an alternative sewage
2. Wildflower Hike: Identify native Missouri species
3. Play for Peace: Learn about creative resource usage and discover
2:15 Open Interacts for informal conversation
3:30 Wrap up: Where do we go from here?
4:30 Optional Ice Cream Social
Interact Choices for Sessions One & Two:
For Non-Formal Educators:
MAP and State Initiatives
For All Educators:
EE Technology in the Classroom
Global Positioning System (GIS)
EE With Inner City Youth
Real World Problem Solving with Aquatic Studies
Air Quality in St. Louis
Approaching EE with Hands-Hearts-Minds
EE Community Resources
Effective Partnerships Between Formal and Non-Formal Educators
Registration Form - Return form and money to: Janet Crews, 310 Wildberry
Lane, St. Charles, MO 63304
Interact Choices: Session One:
Session Two: __________________________________________
MEEA Member? Yes _______ No _________
Formal Educator: _________ Non-Formal Educator: ____________
Vegetarian Options Preferred: _______________
COST: $10 - Please make checks payable to MEEA
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On Top of the Hill, June 24, 2003
The Endangered Species Coalition Legislative and Policy Report
By Beth Lowell, ESC Policy Director
On Top of the Hill tracks endangered species and biodiversity-related issues including Endangered Species Act reauthorization and legislation, Interior appropriations and rider and other wildlife and wildlands habitat-related issues.
108th Congress, 1st Session
1. Appropriations Timing.
2. Rider Season is Open.
3. Congressional Calendar.
1. APPROPRIATIONS TIMING
The House Appropriations committee is currently moving through the first round of appropriations bills. Last week, the Interior subcommittee marked up the Fiscal Year 2004 Interior Department spending bill. The full House committee will be taking action on the bill early this week.
Although the House Interior subcommittee recommended modest increases over the President's request in the candidate conservation, consultation, and recovery accounts, it still followed the Administration's lead of starving the listing line item of funds. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is operating under a backlog of listing decisions and critical habitat designations. In the recent news, the new final rule requires extensive gear modifications that are designed to cut down accidental deaths and serious injuries for the Northern right whale, humpback whale, fin whale, and minke whales. FWS officials have stated that they need at least $153 million to address the backlog. In fact, it was only a couple of weeks ago that the Department of Interior declared that they do not have enough money for the current year to even fulfill their legal obligations under the Endangered Species Act. Yet, the House subcommittee still did not recommend enough money to address their funding problems.
The House subcommittee recommended levels for the ESA accounts were:
** $9.92 for candidate conservation
** $12.286 for listing (and critical habitat designations)
** $47.734 for consultation
** $64.529 for recovery
The House full committee will be considering this bill this week.
The Senate has not yet scheduled a mark-up time for the interior bill.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Contact members of the House Appropriations Committee and urge them to increase the listing account to at least $25 million to begin to address the backlog of listing decisions and critical habitat designations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has stated that it needs at least $153 million to address its shortfalls.
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121
The U.S. Forest service is actively trying to stifle
your voice on important issues relating to the management
of your public lands and tax dollars. Please, take
a moment of your time to tell the Forest Service that
your voice counts! Send your objections to Forest Service Chief Dale
Bosworth. If you would prefer to personalize your comments,
please go to http://www.actioncenter.org/campaign/spam .
In recent months, a number of our members have contacted
us at the Heritage Forests Campaign to let us know
that their emails to the Forest Service have been returned
to them, unread. We've investigated the situation and
found that the Forest Service is using a SPAM blocker
that frequently rejects letters from our members as
well as those from nearly every other environmental
and business membership group. Although we have asked
the Forest Service to allow your letters to get through,
This is just one example of the Forest Service's attempts
to limit your ability to comment. Regulations tucked
deep into the National Forest Management Act would
also allow the Forest Service to deny pre-printed postcard
comments, emails, and even petitions in certain circumstances.
We won't stand for this sort of treatment and neither
should you. The Heritage Forests Campaign, along with
several other concerned environmental and business
groups, has already written to the Forest Service expressing
our dismay at this treatment. Now it's your turn. Please
take a moment to write the US Forest Service Chief,
Dale Bosworth, and let him know that your comments
SAFE HARBOR PARAMOUNT FOR FOX: The USFWS has
granted Paramount Farming
Company of Bakersfield, California "the nation's first 'safe-harbor'
protection for cropland" says the Sacramento Bee 5/13. According to
the agreement, Paramount built 25 dens on its 1,600 acre nut farm "to
give the endangered San Joaquin kit fox a safe place to hide from
coyotes," in exchange for a pass under the ESA "if one of the federally
protected foxes is harmed or killed during normal farming activities."
Environmental Defense, credited with creating the safe-harbor
"concept," brokered the deal and noted that "a lot of landowners" would
"lay out the welcome mat for endangered species on their land if the
reward for doing so is no additional restrictions."
MAUI FLORA MEGA DESIGNATION: The USFWS has finalized
for 60 species of threatened and endangered plants on nearly 100,000
acres of the islands of Maui and Kahoolawe, the fourth in a series of
court-ordered designations covering 255 Hawaiian plants says
SFGate.com, AP 5/15. The final designation on Maui was 26% lower than
first proposed and 85% lower on Kahoolawe. According to the service,
"much of the acreage was eliminated in the final rule for biological
reasons," including adequate protection provided elsewhere "or because
the landowners' voluntary conservation activities provide benefits that
outweigh those provided by critical habitat designation." On Kahoolawe
exclusions were provided "to minimize or avoid impacts to military
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