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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Save our ducks

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 3:07 PM

The Sierra Club pleaded yesterday that environmental regulators not extend the life of the White Bluff coal-fired generating plant because of environmental damage done by such plants to air and water. (Saving ratepayers $1 billion also would be nice.) That sentiment and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee, but not likely move anyone to think more kindly of pending energy legislation aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.

But what if somebody told you the pending energy legislation might be critical for preserving the state's fish and wildlife?

THAT might be a successful lobbying angle. They'll be working that angle at a meeting tomorrow in Stuttgart.


Stuttgart, AR – On Thursday, November 19, sportsmen and women, business owners and natural resource experts will hold a panel discussion on the threat of climate change to Arkansas’ natural resources and outdoor recreation industry. The roundtable will identify solutions at the local, state and federal level to safeguard Arkansas’ wildlife and natural resources from these impacts in order to keep the state’s tourism and outdoor recreation industries thriving.
            Dr. Jim Bednarz is the Director of the Wildlife Ecology and Management Program at Arkansas Stae University and is involved in active research on waterfowl, Northern Bobwhite, woodpeckers, songbirds, and birds of prey. He will give a presentation on climate-change impacts on the distribution of overwintering ducks in the Mississippi Flyway.
            Mr. Mark Sattelberg is the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife
Service office in Conway, Arkansas. The USFWS reports the economic statistics for wildlife and fisheries in the US. Mr. Sattleberg will discuss the economic statistics for Arkansas.
            Mr. Marion McCollum, owner of the famous Mack's Prairie Wings, a sporting goods store in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and a former Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner will discuss the long-term trends of the sporting goods business.
            Mr. Leland Sykes, of Natural Gear, will discuss how climate change can affect the bottom line of his business.
Mr. John Stevens, RNT Duck Calls, will discuss his experiences as a duck hunting guide.
Mr. Luke Naylor is the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's waterfowl biologist and will be present to answer questions about waterfowl and habitat in Arkansas.

WHAT: Confronting the climate threat to state’s wildlife and natural resources

WHEN: November 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm – Speakers will be available to meet with press. The  program will begin at 6 pm

WHERE: Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie, 921 E. 4th Street, Stuttgart, AR
Background: Climate change poses an unprecedented threat to the survival of the natural world and the fish and wildlife Arkansans cherish.  The House of Representatives passed its version of climate and clean energy policy last spring and a key Senate committee has just followed suit.  Now, a group of Senators is working to deliver bipartisan clean energy and climate solutions.  Through comprehensive clean energy and climate policies, we have an historic opportunity to revive our economy, keep Arkansas’ outdoor recreation industry thriving, and create new American jobs while securing clean air and water for future generations. 

Gary D Moody
Arkansas Communication Director
Repower America

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