NWHS #004

June 6, 2006

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NWHS Needs A New Office Building
NWHS Headquarters News

Arkansas  Last week we received a call from the individual who donated the trailer, to our organization, that has been the NWHS Headquarters Office. It seems he has had an illness, has fallen on hard financial times and wants it back to sell it. His intentions were good when he donated the trailer, but you know what they say about good intentions. :)

We have never received title on the trailer, so he has a claim to it. We could fight this claim, but considering his circumstances we have chosen to just let him have it back and move on in another direction. We paid to have it moved to here, next to the tiger enclosures on a nice large cement pad. We moved it from a place where it would surely have been stripped of valuable appliances and vandalized, so have offered a secure place for the last 20 months. We will ask him only for payment for the move, and a small monthly storage fee. We will be as fair as possible considering he is in a tight financial spot.

We regret losing this very nice trailer, but have found a more suitable alternative. We have decided on a very sturdy and well made prefab building that is typically sold as cabins for hunters, or Arkansas vacation-property owners. There is financing available (albeit high interest) through the company that builds them. After 36 months pay-off, the total cost of this building will be appx. $8,000. Free delivery and set-up is included (we are a considerable distance out of their normal delivery area, but they have agreed to go the extra miles for the animals). There is a 40 year guarantee on the building against leaking, rot, and termite damage. There is also an enormous amount of storage space in the loft area above the office.

The larger the down payment, the lower the payments (and total cost) will be. We have already set a utility pole, meter loop, breaker box, and had the power company install a security light and meter. We will finish the interior ourselves, with the help of "volunteer" friends and family. Target delivery date is the last week of June 2006. We will be ordering it the third week of June, and need all the downpayment money we can scrape up by then.

The photo below is a conceptual picture of the building. Click the picture to see a larger photo and info on how you may help. Again, the more we can put down, the lower the monthly payments (and total cost) will be. Any donations are tax deductible.

New NWHS Office
Conceptual Photo: New NWHS Headquarters Office


Any assistance is greatly appreciated, and will assist on keeping as much financial burden off of NWHS as possible. We would rather spend finances directly on animals, but need an office to conduct affairs of the NWHS organization. There is already an official US Postal address for this office, and a mailbox on the highway. 

We are seeking the most inexpensive and financially prudent direction available. When the new office is on premises and finished, we will post a photo on the NWHS website, and in the Newsletter. Those who have assisted can view the photo and see exactly where their assistance has been utilized.

There will be a little piece of you, right next to tigers.

Needs Interior Completion
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Sportsmen Say Nation's Energy Policy "Is on the Wrong Track"
 
By the National Wildlife Federation

WASHINGTON, D.C. The majority of America's sportsmen say global warming is an urgent problem that needs immediate action, and they want clean energy solutions that create jobs and cut pollution from burning fossil fuels, a national poll of hunters and anglers reveals.

"America's sportsmen are saying we have a moral responsibility to confront global warming to protect our children's future," said Larry Schweiger, president of the National Wildlife Federation.

This first-ever comprehensive nationwide survey of licensed hunters and anglers about their attitudes on global warming reveals that a majority of sportsmen are witnessing the effects of global warming and believe immediate action is necessary to address it. According to the survey, more than three-quarters of America's hunters and anglers (76 percent) agree global warming is occurring, and the same percentage said they have observed changes in climate conditions where they live, such as warmer, shorter winters, hotter summers, earlier spring and less snow. More than half (54 percent) said they believe these changes are related to global warming. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) believe it either is currently impacting or will impact hunting or fishing conditions.

Nationwide, approximately one out of every five voters is a sportsman. The survey shows that in 2004 they voted by about a 2-to-1 margin, at least, for President Bush over Sen. Kerry, and that they identify themselves overwhelmingly as moderate to conservative in their political outlook. Half of those surveyed identified themselves as evangelical Christians.

"We are reaching a tipping point in this country where the vital sportsmen's constituency is adding its voice to those who recognize global warming is occurring, that it poses serious threats and that action must be taken to address it," Schweiger said. The survey also reveals that sportsmen are deeply dissatisfied with the nation's current energy policy and support a major shift to depend less on fossil fuels that produce global warming pollution while developing a new generation of alternative and renewable energy sources.

Eighty-one percent of the sportsmen polled agree with President Bush's State of the Union assertion that the nation is addicted to oil. Yet an even greater number, 86 percent, say the administration and Congress are not doing enough to break that addiction. Overall, more than two-thirds (69 percent) say the nation is on the wrong track in meeting its energy needs. An overwhelming majority of 78 percent say conserving more, developing fuel efficient vehicles and expanding the use of renewable sources are the best way to address America's energy needs, rather than drilling for more oil and gas within the United States (supported by 15 percent).

The National Wildlife Federation commissioned Responsive Management of Harrisonburg, Virginia, to conduct the non-partisan survey. From late March through April 2006, 1,031 hunters and anglers were polled, chosen from state lists of individuals holding hunting and fishing licenses. The proportion of hunters and anglers was designed to correspond to the most recent (2001) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.05 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

Complete poll results are available at
www.targetglobalwarming.org

More than 40 million Americans hunt and fish, generating some $70 billion in annual expenditures from their sports. The membership of the National Wildlife Federation and its 47 state and territorial affiliates includes nearly 750,000 hunters and anglers.

According to the survey:
  • Eighty percent of sportsmen believe the United States should be a world leader in addressing global warming.
  • Eighty-six percent agree that the federal government should provide incentives for industries to replace some energy from oil, gas and coal with renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power;
  • Eighty-four percent support federal incentives for companies that develop new energy efficient technologies that reduce global warming;
  • Eighty-seven percent support federal incentives that make energy conservation technologies more affordable for citizens;
  • Only 15 percent think drilling for more oil and gas in the U.S., including on public lands, is the best way to address America's energy needs. "Sportsmen are clearly under whelmed by Washington's lack of leadership," Schweiger said. "They expect more from their elected leaders and are indicating that this lack of leadership may not go unnoticed when they exercise their right to vote."
  • Sixty-four percent said they would favor a candidate who supports strong laws and immediate action to address global warming, while 28 percent) said a candidate who only supports voluntary efforts and research would gain their support.
  • Seventy-five percent agree Congress should 'pass legislation that sets a clear national goal for reducing global warming pollution with mandatory timelines because industry has already had enough time to clean up voluntarily.'
  • Seventy percent strongly support funding to boost research and development of clean energy technologies. About two-thirds (64 percent) strongly support assistance to farmers and other landowners who conserve soil and plant trees for reforestation.
The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

Website : National Wildlife Federation


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