CA - Invasive Species Senate Vote - ACT!

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    Senate Alert - Invasive Species Vote

    Urgent Action Required.

    Call and fax your Senators today.

    If you like the Endangered Species Act, you'll
    love the Invasive Species Act, which has been
    included in the Senate version of the
    Transportation Act, (SAFETEA) (S-1072).

    Congratulations to those who faxed opposition to
    "invasive" species regulation in the House
    version of the Transportation Act (SAFETEA). You
    won, and itís gone - from the House Bill.

    However, it is still in the Senate version which
    passed the Senate. Now a conference committee is
    meeting to iron out the final law. If the final
    bill includes Invasive Species, you're cooked.

    It is vital that you act now to kill Invasive Species in conference this

    Send 4 quick identical faxes to Sen. Inhofe with visible "cc" to your

    -----1. Fax and call Senator James Inhofe,
    Chairman, Senate Environment and Public Works
    Committee Fax 202-224-5167. You may call any
    Senator at (202) 224-3121.

    -----2. Fax and call Senator James Inhofe, at
    his own Senate Office, Fax 202-228-0380. Use the
    Capital Switchboard number of (202) 2124-3121.

    -----3. Fax and call both your Senators. Ask
    them to commit to calling Senator James Inhoff to
    express opposition to this attack on private land
    and Federal land use.

    Here is a quick link to the fax numbers of your Senators:

    Hereís a sample fax: (Change it to use your own
    words if you can. But send it.)
    Dear Senator Inhofe:

    Please remove from the SAFETEA Transportation
    Bill, S.1072, all reference to "invasive species"
    and "native plants", and delete Sec. 166 of Title
    I, Sub Chapter F, in its entirety.

    Invasive species is major environmental
    legislation that needs debating on its own
    merits, or lack of them. The issue is poorly
    defined as any species that is nonnative and
    could cause harm.

    There are no restrictions on the bureaucracy
    making the designation, no takings protection for
    private land use. Without careful limits to
    regulatory power, the potential for abuse is
    greater than that of the Endangered Species Act.

    name, mailing address, email address

    Please do send the faxes. There are talking
    points below for writing your own, but if youíre
    shy on time, just go ahead and use this one as
    better than nothing.

    Invasive Species is hot and heavy in the Senate.

    You can go to for more
    information on Invasive Species. Jim Beers has a
    complete list of articles on the home page.

    Talking Points - Invasive Species:

    -----1. Basic Issue: Implication that everything
    "non-native" is "harmful". Native poison ivy is
    more harmful to children than non-native fescue
    that is the major component of soccer fields.

    -----2 Definition: No universally accepted
    definition of "Could Cause Harm" and no
    required objective review of such determination.
    Credible scientists disagree. Already Western
    counties have eradicated weeds and been
    threatened by critical habitat protection under
    the Endangered Species Act for the identical

    -----3. Private Land: There is no takings
    compensation for restricting plants or animals on
    private property. Agency personnel are
    unrestrained in extending federal restrictions to
    private land.

    -----4. Forestry: hybrid trees and GMOís are
    nonnative. Regulators can say they could cause
    harm to native ecosystems and proscribe their use
    on private forests.

    -----5. Clean Water Act: In some states tall
    fescue, rye grasses and crownvetch are already
    forbidden on public land. How long would it take
    to restrict their use for BMP's?

    -----6. Sportsmen: pheasants, boar and rainbow
    trout are nonnative. The National Park Service
    already seeks their removal from the Smokies.

    -----7. Gardeners: English ivy and Russian olive
    are listed as invasive (harmful) in National
    Forests in the South.

    -----8. Pets: German shepherds and French
    poodles are nonnative and meet the definition of
    invasive in that they could bite.

    This is urgent.

    Please forward this message as widely as possible.

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