To the editor:
Friday, America celebrated Endangered Species Day, a day to remind everyone of the richness and value of every species and to celebrate America's commitment to protecting our wildlife heritage.
The Endangered Species Act has prevented the extinction of hundreds of species, including the iconic lake sturgeon, American bald eagle and many others.
The ESA provides a safety net for animals and plants on the brink of extinction.
Endangered Species Day also provides an opportunity to learn more about the wide variety of actions that we can take to help protect our nation's wildlife, including building backyard wildlife habitat and supporting local efforts to clean up rivers, parks, and other natural areas.
Outdoor lovers, hunters and anglers understand that every species is valuable and that many species today face the double whammy of habitat loss and a warming climate.
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As the planet warms and climate change marches on unabated, more and more animals and plants face the threat of extinction.
Let's tell Congress it's time to address climate change and to stop blocking the Environmental Protection Agency's steps to reduce carbon pollution.
I encourage everyone to do something to celebrate our nation's commitment to protecting threatened and endangered species.
Conserving America's wildlife today is a legacy we leave to our children and grandchildren, so that all Americans can experience the rich variety of native species that helps to define our nation.