|**News and Events: Jan. 19: The Endangered Species Act: Past, Present and Future|
|Tue, January 10, 2006 11:31 AM|
The Endangered Species Act: Past, Present and Future|
January 19, 2006
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Woodland Park Zoo Education Center
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
Join the National Wildlife Federation for an evening with John Kostyack, a national expert on the ESA, who will discuss Americas most powerful wildlife protection law and why it, too, may be endangered.
The ESA just celebrated its 32nd birthday. During that time, many species have been brought back from the brink of extinction--bald eagles, grizzlies, and gray wolves are just a few examples. Here in the Northwest, Puget Sound salmon and Orcas are depending on the ESA for their recovery. Despite its success, some legislators would like to reform the law, weakening protections for wildlife.
Longtime ESA opponent Richard Pombo ( R-CA) recently persuaded the House of Representatives to enact his radical rewrite of the law, which removes virtually all of its habitat protections. As the focus now shifts to the Senate, over 100 editorial writers across the country have raised alarm bells about where the nations safety net for wildlife may be headed.
John Kostyack, NWFs Director of Wildlife Conservation Campaigns and Senior Counsel, will share some of the exciting success stories of the ESA, including his cases to protect the ivory billed woodpecker and Florida panther and to restore the gray wolf to the northeastern U.S. He also will discuss how conservationists can improve the prospects for endangered species in the Pacific Northwest and nationally.
National Wildlife Federation
6 Nickerson Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98109