Support Federal Funding for the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge

Date: March 8, 2000
Contact: Gary Appelson
Phone: (352) 373-6441
How You Can Help

The federal government has failed to allocate money toward land acquisition in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge for the last two years. “For Sale” signs dot the refuge and key beachfront parcels are continually being lost to development. The Fish and Wildlife Service is unable to move forward on parcels that they have signed “purchase agreements”on with willing sellers! This is the nation’s only Wildlife Refuge for sea turtles. Its completion through continued acquisition of beachfront property is essential to the long-term survival of Florida’s nesting marine turtles.

Senators Bob Graham and Connie Mack from Florida have spoken up for the refuge. In a debate last year on the Senate floor senator Graham stated “we feel that the Archie Carr Refuge is a key priority for Florida.” Senator Gorton, who heads the Appropriations Committee, responded with, “the committee shares your view that the protection of the loggerhead sea turtle is critical”. Despite these efforts the House and Senate leadership failed to appropriate any money last year. Key Senators and Representatives must be convinced to work harder!!

With Your Help, We Have Succeeded in Getting the Refuge Back on Everyone’s Radar Screens! It Is Essential to Now Make Sure Legislators Agree on Funding for the Refuge.

Last year the President’s budget did not include any allocation for the Archie Carr Refuge. This year the President’s budget includes $6 million for land acquisition in the refuge. The President’s Budget will be submitted to Congress in March. A coalition of sea turtle protection groups has rallied to try to convince the US Congress to support this funding request (The coalition includes Caribbean Conservation Corporation, the Center For Marine Conservation, Sea Turtle Preservation Society, and Friends of the Carr Refuge).


Senator Bob Graham, Senator Connie Mack, Representative Dave Weldon, and Representative C.W. Young are all Florida congressmen that are key players in the refuge funding issue. They must be convinced to put their heads together to ensure funding for the Archie Carr Refuge and to aggressively support the Administration’s request. Additionally, Senator Slade Gorton heads up the Senate Appropriations SubCommittee, Ralph Regula chairs the House Interior SubCommittee , while George Frampton of the Council on Environmental Quality will represent the administration during budget negotiations. They must all be contacted and asked to support funding. Let them know that you are depending on them to find the money for the refuge. Faxes, letters, and personal phone calls are preferred. An initial phone call to a key environmental staff person followed by a personal letter will get their attention.

Here is the contact information for key legislators.
Senators Graham and Mack, and Representative Weldon, have been supportive of the Carr Refuge. It is appropriate to thank them for their past support. Stress that now is not the time to abandon the refuge. The problem is they were not vocal enough supporters in the past!! You must act as soon as possible in order to be effective. (If you are from Florida it would be very helpful if you also personally contacted your Senator or Representative. We have therefore also included the addresses for the entire Florida delegation.)

Key Players To Be Contacted:

**Senator Bob Graham (His support is essential)
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
**Congressman Ralph Regula (Chairman- House Interior Appropriations SubCommittee)
2309 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-3516
**Senator Connie Mack
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
**Senator Ted Stevens (Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee)
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
**Representative Dave Weldon (Represents the Carr Refuge area)
332 Cannon House Office Bldg
Washington DC, 20515
**Senator Slade Gorton (Chairman, Appropriations SubCommitee on Interior, must be convinced by Graham and Mack)
730 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
**Representative C.W. Young (From Florida- Chairman of House Appropriations – he will support the refuge appropriation if the above three request funding. He must hear from Rep.Weldon)
2407 Rayburn House Office Bldg
Washington DC, 20515
**Senator Robert Byrd (Minority Chairman, Senate Appropriations-he must hear from Sen.Graham)
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Other members of the Florida Congressinal Delegation – If any of them represent your district, then it would be particulalrly useful if they heard from you:

Congresswoman Corrine Brown
2444 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0903
Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
2160 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0918
Congressman Joe Scarborough
127 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0901
Congressman Michael Bilirakis
2369 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0909
Congressman Porter J. Goss
108 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0914
Congresswoman Tillie K. Fowler
106 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0904
Congressman Allen Boyd
107 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0902
Congressman Bill McCollum
2109 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0908
Congressman Robert Wexler
213 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0919
Congressman Jim Davis
418 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0911
Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek
401 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0917
Congressman Peter Deutsch
204 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0920
Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart
404 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0921
Congressman John L. Mica
2445 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0907
Congressman Charles T. Canady
2432 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0912
Congressman Dan Miller
102 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0913
Congressman Mark Foley
113 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0916
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings
2235 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0923
Congresswoman Karen L. Thurman
440 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0905
Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Jr.
2408 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0922
Congressman Cliff Stearns
2227 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515-0906