Update on Letter Supporting Funding for FY13 for the State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program

UPDATED August 14 (5:30pm). Over 400 organizations have now signed on to the letter to Senators Reed (RI) and Murkowski (AK) supporting funding in FY13 for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. The House Appropriations Committee has proposed a massive 50% cut to the program and the letter is intended to show that there is strong grassroots support for the program. The State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program is the only federal program with the purpose of preventing endangered species listings and we have successes in every state and territory that we can show. You can sign your organization on to the letter by emailing mhumpert@fishwildlife.org. Following is the letter and list of organizations who have signed on. Please help by signing your organization on to the letter today.

Support funding for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program in FY13
July 9, 2012

The Honorable Jack Reed, Chairman
Senate Interior & Environment Appropriations Subcommittee
728 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
The Honorable Lisa Murkowski, Ranking Member
Senate Interior & Environment Appropriations Subcommittee
709 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear ________,
Our organizations represent birders, hunters, anglers, wildlife professionals, hikers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts from across the country that appreciate and enjoy wildlife. We understand the fiscal constraints that our nation is under and are grateful for your efforts the last several years to ensure priority conservation programs like the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program remain funded at a level that ensures the effectiveness of the program.
The State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program is the only federal program with the purpose of preventing endangered species listings by proactively conserving at-risk fish and wildlife. Despite a track record of success the program has been cut by 31% since FY10. The US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has proposed another 50% cut to the program for FY13. A further cut of this magnitude would jeopardize more than a decade of investments and significantly curtail work in every state and territory to recover thousands of at-risk species. We would appreciate your support for this important program.
Since its inception in 2001, the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program has had bi-partisan support because it is non-regulatory, incentive-based and focused on results. The program is supported by the 6,355 organizations and businesses that make up the Teaming With Wildlife coalition. This spring 33 members of the Senate circulated a Dear Colleague letter supporting funding for the program. The program provides funding to combat invasive species, improve management on public and private lands, support research and monitoring, provide technical assistance, address wildlife disease problems, protect native habitats, and facilitate critical partnerships between local, state, federal, tribal and non-governmental organizations.
The State & Tribal Wildlife Grants Program leverages tens of millions of dollars in state, private and tribal funds each year and serves as the main source of funding to implement congressionally-required State Wildlife Action Plans. The program not only helps to sustain fish and wildlife and their habitat, but also enhances local economies and jobs by benefiting the nation’s 70+ million active wildlife watchers who spend over $60 billion on wildlife related recreation each year.
On behalf of the millions of outdoor enthusiasts we represent, we urge you to support the strongest funding possible for the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants program for FY13 to safeguard the future of our nation’s rich fish and wildlife heritage for future generations to enjoy.
Respectfully yours,

Organization State
Save The Frogs *National (California)
American Bird Conservancy *National (District of Columbia)
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies *National (District of Columbia)
Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation *National (District of Columbia)
Defenders of Wildlife *National (District of Columbia)
National Wildlife Refuge Association *National (District of Columbia)
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership *National (District of Columbia)
American Fisheries Society *National (Maryland)
Association of Zoos & Aquariums *National (Maryland)
The Wildlife Society *National (Maryland)
The Trumpeter Swan Society *National (Minnesota)
Wildlife Forever *National (Minnesota)
Center for Large Landscape Conservation *National (Montana)
Invasive Species Action Network *National (Montana)
World Wildlife Fund *National (Montana)
National Tribal Environmental Council *National (New Mexico)
National Audubon Society *National (New York)
Wildlife Conservation Society *National (New York)
Nature Abounds *National (Pennsylvania)
Wildlife Management Institute *National (Pennsylvania)
HawkWatch International *National (Utah)
Mule Deer Foundation *National (Utah)
National Wildlife Federation *National (Virginia)
NatureServe, Virginia *National (Virginia)
The Nature Conservancy *National (Virginia)
Northwest Section of the Wildlife Society AK, ID, MT, OR, WA
Southeast Section of The Wildlife Society AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, VA, DC, PR, VI
Alabama Chapter of the Wildlife Society Alabama
Alabama Ornithological Society Alabama
Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Alabama
Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. Alabama
Alaska Audubon Alaska
Alaska State Chapter of The Wildlife Society Alaska
Audubon Alaska Alaska
Southern Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers AR, KS, LA, MO, NE, OK, TN, TX
Arizona Chapter of the Wildlife Society Arizona
Arizona Elk Society Arizona
Arizona Wildlife Federation Arizona
Arizona Zoological Society/Phoenix Zoo Arizona
Audubon Arizona Arizona
Desert Rivers Audubon Arizona
Maricopa Audubon Society Arizona
Sky Island Alliance Arizona
Wild At Heart Arizona
Arkansas Wildlife Federation Arkansas
Audubon Society of Central Arkansas Arkansas
Audubon Arkansas Arkansas
Southwest Section of the Wildlife Society AZ, NM, TX
California Central Coast Chapter of the Wildlife Society California
California North Coast Chapter of The Wildlife Society California
Endangered Habitats League California
Greenspace- The Cambria Land Trust California
Kern Audubon Society California
La Purisima Audubon Society California
Marin Audubon California
Palomar Audubon California
Palos Verdes/South Bay Audubon California
Plumas Audubon California
Santa Clara Audubon California
Sierra Foothills Audubon California
Stanislaus Audubon California
Yosemite Area Audubon California
The Western Section of the Wildlife Society California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam
Central Mountains and Plains Section of The Wildlife Society CO, KS, NE, ND, SD, UT, WY
Arkansas River Valley Audubon Colorado
Audubon Rockies Colorado
Black Canyon Audubon Colorado
Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society Colorado
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Colorado
Rocky Mountain Wild Colorado
Mattabeseck Audubon Society Connecticut
Audubon Connecticut Conneticut
Delmarva Ornithological Society Delaware
Red Knot Outfitters Delaware
Avian Research and Conservation Institute Florida
Bay County Audubon Florida
Brevard Zoo Florida
Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife Florida
Clewiston Museum Florida
E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center Florida
Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society Florida
Florida Ornithological Society Florida
Florida Wildlife Federation Florida
Friends of the Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Florida
Halifax River Audubon Florida
Hendry-Glades Audubon Florida
Inland Coast Resources Florida
Naples Zoo Florida
Parkland Enews & Commentary Florida
Peace River Audubon Florida
Pelican Island Audubon Florida
Ridge Audubon Florida
South Florida Audubon Florida
St. Petersburg Audubon Florida
St. Petersburg Audubon Society Florida
Venice Area Audubon Florida
West Pasco Audubon Florida
West Volusia Audubon Florida
Atlanta Audubon Georgia
Georgia Conservancy Georgia
Georgia River Network Georgia
Georgia Wildlife Federation Georgia
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society Georgia
The Altamaha Riverkeeper Georgia
Conservation Council for Hawai’i Hawaii
Golden Eagle Audubon Society Idaho
Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society Idaho
Idaho Conservation League Idaho
Idaho Rivers United Idaho
Portneuf Valley Audubon Idaho
Teton Regional Land Trust Idaho
Chicago Audubon Illinois
Illinois Chapter of the Wildlife Society Illinois
Lake County Forest Preserve District Illinois
Lincoln Park Zoo Illinois
McHenry County Audubon Society Illinois
Prairie Rivers Network Illinois
Rockford, Illinois Chapter of Sinnissippi Audubon Society Illinois
The Bird Conservation Network Illinois
Indiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Indiana
Indiana Wildlife Federation Indiana
Save the Dunes Indiana
The Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League of America Indiana
Tippecanoe Audubon Indiana
Agren Iowa
Chicaqua Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America Iowa
Chickasaw County Conservation Board Iowa
Iowa Audubon Iowa
Iowa Chapter of The Wildlife Society Iowa
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation Iowa
Iowa Wildlife Federation Iowa
Izaak Walton League-Johnson Co (IA) Chapter Iowa
Jones County Conservation Board Iowa
Kip Ladage/Ladage Photography Iowa
Optimist Club of Washington Iowa
Quad City Audubon Iowa
Wagner Conservation Coalition Iowa
Burroughs Audubon Kansas
Heart of America Flyfishers Kansas
Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams Kansas
Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Kansas
Kansas Chapter of The Wildlife Society Kansas
Kansas Wildlife Federation Kansas
Topeka Audubon Kansas
The Kentucky Herpetological Society Kentucky
Avoyelles Wildlife Federation Louisiana
Friends of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge Louisiana
Louisiana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Louisiana
Louisiana Wildlife Federation Louisiana
Orleans Audubon Louisiana
Endangered Species Coalition Maine
Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands Maine
Maine Chapter of The Wildlife Society Maine
Natural Resources Council of Maine Maine
Berkshire Environmental Action Team Maryland
Frostburg State University Chapter of the Wildlife Society Maryland
Tapteal Greenway Association Massachusetts
Binder Park Zoo Michigan
Michigan United Conservation Clubs Michigan
Brainerd Lakes Area Audubon Society Minnesota
Izaak Walton League Minnesota Division Minnesota
Minneapolis Audubon Minnesota
Minnesota Audubon Minnesota
Minnesota Conservation Federation Minnesota
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Minnesota
St. Paul Audubon Minnesota
Zumbro Valley Audubon Minnesota
Audubon Mississippi Mississippi
Friends of Pool 9 - Upper Mississippi Refuge, Inc. Mississippi
Concerned Citizens for Better Development (CCBD) Stream Team Number 2574 Missouri
Conservation Federation of Missouri Missouri
Earth’s Classroom, Inc.  Missouri
Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative Missouri
Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation Missouri
Missouri Natural Areas Committee Missouri
Missouri Prairie Foundation  Missouri
Missouri River Bird Observatory Missouri
Missouri Society of American Foresters Missouri
Missouri Stream Team # 3631 Missouri
Missouri Stream Team #1920 Missouri
Missouri Stream Team #4078 Missouri
Missouri Stream Team #4219 Missouri
Missouri Stream Team 2042 Missouri
Missouri Stream Team 4031 Missouri
Missouri Stream Team 57 Missouri
Ozark Mountain Scientific Missouri
Ozark Underground Laboratory, Inc. Missouri
Powell Gardens, Inc. Missouri
Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation Missouri
Shaw Nature Reserve Missouri
South Grand River Watershed Alliance Missouri
South Grand River Watershed Alliance Stream Team Number 3757 Missouri
Southwest Missouri Fly Fishers Missouri
Stream Team # 2687 Missouri
The Hensley’s Stream Team #2860 Missouri
The Open Space Council for the St. Louis Region Missouri
Total Resource Management Missouri
Tumbling Creek Cave Foundation Missouri
Univ. of Central Missouri-American Fisheries Society Missouri
Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana Montana
Mission Mountain Audubon Montana
Montana Audubon Montana
Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Montana
Ninemile Wildlife Group Montana
Northern Prairies Land Trust NE, SD
Iain Nicolson Audubon Center/Rowe Sanctuary Nebraska
Izaak Walton League - Lincoln Chapter Nebraska Nebraska
Nebraska Chapter of the Wildlife Society Nebraska
Nebraska Conservation Education Fund Nebraska
Nebraska Environmental Trust Nebraska
Nebraska Land Trust Nebraska
Nebraska Native Plant Society Nebraska
Nebraska Wildlife Federation Nebraska
Nebraska Wildlife Federation Nebraska
Pioneers Park Nature Center Nebraska
Prairie Legacy Inc. Nebraska
Prairie Plains Nebraska
Raptor Recovery Nebraska Nebraska
Riverside Discovery Center Nebraska
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center Nebraska
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo Nebraska
The Nebraska League of Conservation Voters Nebraska
Wachiska Audubon Nebraska
Western Nebraska Resources Council Nebraska
Wild Bird Habitat Stores, Inc. Nebraska
Great Basin Water Network Nevada
Nevada Wildlife Federation Nevada
Harris Center for Conservation Education New Hampshire
Bergen County Audubon New Jersey
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey New Jersey
Monmouth County Audubon New Jersey
New Jersey Audubon New Jersey
New Jersey Chapter of The Wildlife Society New Jersey
New Jersey Quail Project New Jersey
New Jersey Recreation & Park Association New Jersey
Pinelands Preservation Alliance New Jersey
Audubon New Mexico New Mexico
Central New Mexico Audubon New Mexico
Dona Ana County Associated Sportsmen New Mexico
New Mexcio Backcountry Hunters & Anglers New Mexico
New Mexico Chapter of the Wildlife Society New Mexico
New Mexico Sportsmen New Mexico
New Mexico Wildlife Federation New Mexico
Sangre de Cristo Audubon New Mexico
Southwest Consolidated Sportsmen New Mexico
Wild Turkey Sportsman’s Association New Mexico
Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve New York
Audubon Society of the Capitol Region New York
Buffalo Zoo New York
Eastern Long Island Audubon Society New York
Four Harbors Audubon New York
Friends of the Bay New York
Genesee Valley Audubon New York
Hudson Highlands Land Trust New York
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society New York
New York City Audubon New York
New York State Conservation Fund Advisory Board New York
North Fork Audubon Society New York
North Fork Audubon Society New York
Northern New York Audubon New York
Onondaga Audubon New York
Orange County Audubon Inc New York
Putnam Highlands Audubon New York
Saw Mill River Audubon New York
Saw Mill River Audubon Society New York
South Shore Audubon New York
Southern Adirondack Audubon New York
Upper Susquehanna Coalition  New York
Northern Catskills Audubon Society New York
Audubon New York New York & Pennsylvania
The Upper Susquehanna Coalition New York & Pennsylvania
Albemarle Conservation & Wildlife Chapter North Carolina
Audubon North Carolina North Carolina
Elisha Mitchell Audubon North Carolina
Gaston County Piedmont Area Wildlife Stewards (PAWS) North Carolina
Greater Raleigh Outdoors and Wildlife North Carolina
Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) North Carolina
High Country Audubon North Carolina
Lake James Area Wildlife and Nature Society North Carolina
Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists North Carolina
Land Trust for the Little Tennessee North Carolina
Mountain Island Lake Wildlife Stewards North Carolina
Mountain Wild! North Carolina
North Carolina Camouflage Coalition North Carolina
North Carolina Chapter of The Wildlife Society North Carolina
North Carolina Wildlife Federation North Carolina
Protecting, Advocating, and Conserving Together (PACT) in the High Country North Carolina
The North Carolina Herpetological Society North Carolina
North Dakota Birding Society North Dakota
North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society North Dakota
North Dakota Fur Hunters and Trappers Association North Dakota
North Dakota Wildlife Federation North Dakota
CNMI Division of Fish & Wildlife Northern Mariana Islands
Delaware Riverkeeper Network NY, NJ, PA, DE
Columbus Audubon Ohio
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Ohio
Firelands Audubon Society Ohio
Green Matter, Limited Ohio
Miami Valley Audubon Ohio
Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Ohio
Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership Ohio
Ohio Bluebird Society Ohio
Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Ohio
Ohio Environmental Council Ohio
Ohio Odonata Society Ohio
Ohio Ornithological Society Ohio
The Ohio Academy of Science Ohio
Toledo Zoo Ohio
Cleveland County Audubon Society Oklahoma
Payne County Audubon Oklahoma
Tulsa Audubon Oklahoma
Kalmiopsis Audubon Society Oregon
Malheur Wildlife Associates of Oregon Oregon
Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society Oregon
Rogue Valley Audubon Oregon
Salem Audubon Oregon
Columbia Land Trust Oregon, Washington
Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future Pennsylvania
Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Pennsylvania
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association Pennsylvania
Juniata Valley Audubon Pennsylvania
New Milford Rifle and Pistol Club Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Chapter of the Wildlife Society Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Forest Coalition Pennsylvania
Sierra Club Moshannon Group Pennsylvania
Susquehanna County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Pennsylvania
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Pennsylvania
Wyncote Audubon Pennsylvania
Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, Inc. Puerto Rico
Environment Council of Rhode Island Rhode Island
Audubon South Carolina South Carolina
Charleston Natural History Society South Carolina
Hilton Head Audubon South Carolina
South Carolina Wildlife Federation South Carolina
Ecospacial Analysts South Carolina, Florida
Batworks, LLC South Dakota
Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History South Dakota
Prairie Hills Audubon South Dakota
South Dakota Bat Working Group South Dakota
South Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society South Dakota
Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park Tennessee
Conservation Fisheries, Inc. Tennessee
Friends of Roan Mountain Board Tennessee
Obed Watershed Community Association Tennessee
Swan Conservation Trust Tennessee
Tennessee Aquarium Tennessee
Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning Tennessee
Tennessee Ornithological Society Tennessee
Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation Tennessee
Tennessee Striped Bass Association Tennessee
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation Tennessee
The Foundation for Global Sustainability Tennessee
Walden’s Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center Tennessee
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Texas
Houston Audubon Texas
San Antonio Zoo Texas
Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society Texas
Texas Conservation Alliance Texas
Texas League of Conservation Voters Texas
Texas State Aquarium Texas
Valley Nature Center Texas
Audubon Vermont Vermont
Vermont Center for Ecostudies Vermont
The Virgin Islands Conservation Society Virgin Islands
Friends of Dyke Marsh Virginia
National Woodlands Magazine Virginia
The Clinch Coalition Virginia
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center Virginia
Virginia Chapter of The Wildlife Society Virginia
Virginia Conservation Network Virginia
Wild Virginia Virginia
Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area Virginia, West Virginia
Black Hills Audubon Washington
Central Basin Audubon Washington
Conservation Northwest Washington
Great Peninsula Conservancy Washington
Jefferson Land Trust Washington
Kitsap Audubon Washington
Pilchuck Audubon Washington
Ridges to Rivers Open Space Network Washington
Seattle Aquarium Washington
Skagit Audubon Society Washington
Tahoma Audubon Washington
Washington Chapter of the Wildlife Society Washington
Whidbey Audubon Washington
Cacapon & Lost Rivers Land Trust, Inc. West Virginia
Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge West Virginia
Izaak Walton League Mountaineer Chapter West Virginia
Izaak Walton League West Virginia Division West Virginia
Kanawha Valley Chapter of Master Naturalists West Virginia
Monongahela Master Naturalist Chapter West Virginia
Mountaineer Audubon West Virginia
Oglebay’s Good Zoo West Virginia
Old Hemlock Foundation West Virginia
Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program West Virginia
Three Rivers Avian Center West Virginia
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy West Virginia
West Virginia Master Naturalist Advisory Committee West Virginia
Aldo Leopold Audubon Wisconsin
Chequamegon Audubon Wisconsin
Friends of the Hunt Hill Audubon Wisconsin
Wisconsin Chapter of The Wildlife Society Wisconsin
Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society Wisconsin
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Wisconsin
Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Wyoming
Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society Wyoming
Wyoming Wildlife Federation Wyoming