Praise Habitat Restoration Efforts


Target: Dan Ashe, Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Goal: Praise government agency for making habitat restoration a viable economic force

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is the government agency responsible for the conservation and restoration of our nation’s fish and wildlife habitats. The USFWS recently released a comprehensive study that determined that the USFWS’s current restoration efforts are highly beneficial to the country’s economy. As Director of the USFWS, Dan Ashe needs to be praised for his work spearheading these efforts.

The report released by the USFWS is called Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Projects to Local U.S. Economies, and it finds that, in 2011, USFWS programs created nearly 4,000 jobs and “a total economic stimulus of $327.6 million.” Director Ashe adds that in addition to the economic boon these programs provide they also offer “benefits to all Americans by creating healthy natural areas, including shorelines, streams, wetlands and forests on privately owned lands.” The USFWS annually forms thousands of partnerships with landowners to improve fish and wildlife habitats, using minimal government funding to foster private sector investments that pour hundreds of millions of dollars back into the habitat restoration economy.

In an era of tight budgets and constant threats-to-the-environment, any programs that help grow the economy while restoring vital fish and wildlife habitats must be praised. Sign the petition below to let USFWS Director Dan Ashe know that you appreciate his work.


Dear Mr. Ashe,

I just heard about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s recently released Restoration Returns study that illustrates what a great boon your agency is to our nation’s habitat restoration economy. According to the report, in 2011 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s restoration programs created nearly 4,000 new jobs, “generating a total economic stimulus of $327.6 million.” In this age of tight budgets and constant threats to the environment, any group that helps grow the economy while restoring vital fish and wildlife habitats must be praised.

I am writing you to let you know that I appreciate your restoration efforts. I encourage you to keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing what innovative programs you come up with next.


[Your Name Here]

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