AV Supports Petition To Add 404 Species to Endangered Species List

Cross-posted from Appalachian Voices

Trispot Darter, photo by Bernard KuhajdaThirty-six organizations, including Appalachian Voices, have signed on to a letter supporting the addition of 404 species of aquatic wildlife to the endangered species act.

The letter, delivered to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was in support of a petition (pdf), submitted to Fish and Wildlife last spring by the Center for Biological Diversity and six other regional and national organizations, included aquatic, riparian and wetland species in the southeastern part of the country.

“Thanks to pollution, development, logging, poor agricultural practices, dams, mining, invasive species and other threats,” says the Center’s website, “extinction is looming for more than 28 percent of the region’s fishes, more than 48 percent of its crayfishes and more than 70 percent of its mussels.”

Twenty-nine percent of the petitioned species are threatened by coal mining and oil and gas development. The original petition (pdf) included a section on the affects of mountaintop removal (aka strip) mining on aquatic species (page 18-21).
Read the sign-on letter below, or visit the Center for Biological Diversity’s special “Southeast Freshwater Extinction Crisis” section for a detailed look at the species list.

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Cynthia Dohner, Regional Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region
1875 Century Blvd., Suite 400
Atlanta, GA 30345

October 1, 2010

Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

We the undersigned are writing in support of the petition submitted on April 20, 2010 by
the Center for Biological Diversity, Alabama Rivers Alliance, Clinch Coalition,
Dogwood Alliance, Gulf Restoration Network, Tennessee Forests Council, and West
Virginia Highlands Conservancy to protect 404 aquatic, riparian, and wetland species of
the southeastern United States under the Endangered Species Act.

Our organizations work to protect natural resources in the southeast and have an interest
in protecting the petitioned species and the habitats they need to survive. We have
reviewed the petition and believe that these 404 species are indeed threatened by one or
more of the five listing criteria, are at risk of extinction now or in the foreseeable future,
and thus qualify for protection under the Act.

Please accept this letter of support for the timely listing and designation of critical habitat
for these threatened or endangered freshwater species.

Sincerely,

Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club

American Rivers, Southeast Region
Columbia, SC

Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment
Mathias, WV

Appalachian Voices
Boone, NC

Arkansas Chapter of the Sierra Club

Black Warrior Riverkeeper
Birmingham, AL

Coastal Conservation League
Columbia, SC

Cumberland Chapter of the Sierra Club
Lexington, KY

Cumberland Countians for Peace and Justice
Pleasant Hill, TN

Delta Chapter of the Sierra Club
New Orleans, LA

Georgia Botanical Society
Bonaire, GA

Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club

Heartwood
Murfreesboro, TN

Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Louisville, KY

Mississippi Chapter of the Sierra Club

Network for Environmental & Economic Responsibility, United Church of Christ
Pleasant Hill, TN

North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club

Oconee Rivers Audubon Society
Athens, GA

Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology
Fayetteville, AR

Protect Ozark Wildlife & Rivers
Fayetteville, AR

Santee Riverkeeper
Summerton, SC

Savannah Riverkeeper
Augusta, GA

Save the Cumberland
Pegram, TN

Sierra Club Florida

South Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club

Southern Environmental Law Center

St. Johns Riverkeeper
Jacksonville, FL

Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club

Tennessee Clean Water Network
Knoxville, TN

Tennessee Environmental Council
Nashville, TN

Upstate Forever
Greenville, SC

Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club

Virginia Forest Watch
Ashland, VA

Waccamaw RiverKeeper
Conway, SC

West Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club

Wild Virginia

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AV Supports Petition To Add 404 Species to Endangered Species List

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