Much like electric power outages, two recent funding shortfalls have left Conservation Force without the resources we needed. In both instances no one else provided the needed power either.
The first concerned the appeal of the Oakland Judge’s Order dismissing Conservation Force’s motion to intervene and represent hunters with pre-listing polar bear. We appealed that decision on the basis it was illegal and unconstitutional not to give the hunters a reasonable period of notice before making the listing effective. The three-Judge panel never reached the merits. The appeals panel held it was premature to appeal before the whole listing case was final (years later). Well, the case challenging the listing was removed to the District of Columbia and consolidated with a number of other cases. When it was finally decided more recently, we had a 60-day window to file a second appeal of the original Oakland Judge’s Order that it be made effective immediately. We did not file an appeal. We gave it up because we were already maxed out, not getting enough support, and we were assured by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus that it would be fixed by Congress in due time. Although it remains a troubling decision for the fighters that we are, we flat out did not have enough electric power to go around.
We also did not timely complete the national lion action plans for key countries in west and central Africa. We foresaw the critical need for the plans as the war over African lion hunting began to heat up. With partners like IGF of Paris, we were able to largely complete the status reviews in the critical countries in preparation for the planning workshops, but fell short of being able to fund the planning workshops that were needed. Consequently, pivotal countries in west and central Africa don’t have functional management action plans for lion.
This one we did not give up! Instead, it just fizzled out when the donations were not forthcoming. Unfortunately, the forecasted attack on lion hunting and clamor for ESA and CITES Appendix I listings have materialized as expected. The status and management of lion in those two regions of Africa, much like the elephant status there a couple of decades ago, is proving to be a problem. Worse, the important role of the hunter has not proven to be the force we had hoped it would be.
There has been some other near power outages narrowly avoided this year. Please help us cover the bases. No one else was covering the two bases mentioned above. If you want to help support Conservation Force, the donations are tax deductible. Mail your contribution and full identification for tax acknowledgment purposes to Conservation Force at PO Box 278, Metairie, LA 70004-0278.