Michael Berg
11/18/10

Missouri Sierra Club Calls for Designation of Critical Habitat for the Ozark Hellbender Salamander

Below can be found the recent resolution of the Missouri Sierra Club to call for the designation of Critical Habitat for the Ozark Hellbender salamander from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Below that is a letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service from Missouri Chapter Chair Jim Turner, followed by a letter in support of the Sierra Club position written by the Audubon Society, followed by a letter in support of the Sierra Club position written by the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center.

Resolution on Ozark Hellbender

Whereas the Ozark Hellbender is an iconic species of the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks, and

Whereas the Ozark Hellbender is on the verge of extinction in the wild, and

Whereas the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recommended the Ozark Hellbender for listing as an endangered species but has refused to designate critical habitat as we believe is required by law,

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Conservation Committee of the Missouri Chapter of the Sierra Club recommends that the Missouri Chapter continue to work to secure the designation of critical habitat through letters of advocacy and inquiry from Chapter leadership to appropriate officials in the Obama Administration to include using the Freedom of Information Act as necessary and further to work with members of the scientific and other Non Governmental Organizations to coordinate and expand the effectiveness of the effort to secure the designation of critical habitat. The effort would also include inquiry regarding the status of the Topeka Shiner in Missouri because the critical habitat issues are related.

November 13, 2010