DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE News:
Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Los Alamos County Council will consider a pro-Endangered Species Act resolution at its regularly scheduled meeting in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building.
The resolution is supported by dozens of local citizens as well as environmental organizations, including Defenders of Wildlife and the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club.
The resolution focuses on the accomplishments of the 41-year-old law that is designed to protect imperiled plant and animal species, their habitats across North America and the importance of biodiversity to the residents of Los Alamos County. The resolution is directed toward the state’s congressional delegation and governor. It encourages these elected leaders to support full funding and enforcement for the protection of endangered species without interfering with decisions about the management of individual species.
According White Rock resident Don Jones, who sponsored the resolution, “Wildlife is a big part of what makes New Mexico and Los Alamos County such an attractive place to live, and it’s important that we make it clear how important those resources are to us.”
Michael Dax, New Mexico outreach representative for Defenders of Wildlife said, “The Endangered Species Act is our most powerful conservation tool that has prevented the extinction of nearly 99 percent of the species under its protection. It’s important that counties and other local municipalities express their support for the act and our nation’s other bedrock environmental laws like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.”
This year alone, Congress has proposed more than 80 legislative attacks that if passed take a collective wrecking ball to the Endangered Species Act and put already imperiled species, such as the Mexican gray wolf, lesser-prairie chicken and greater-sage grouse, at greater risk.
New Mexico is home to more than 60 different threatened and endangered species. Some of the many imperiled species that live in Los Alamos County include the Mexican spotted owl, the Southwest willow flycatcher and the Jemez mountain salamander.
Earlier this year, Santa Fe and Dona Ana County passed similar resolutions supporting the Endangered Species Act.