PETA PETA believes that animals deserve the most basic rights—consideration of their own best interests regardless of whether they are useful to humans. Like you, they are capable of suffering and have interests in leading their own lives; therefore, they are not ours to use—for food, clothing, entertainment, or experimentation, or for any other reason. Conservation International CI applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., CI works in more than 30 countries on four continents. U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey is to provide geologic, topographic and hydrologic information that contributes to the wise management of the nation's natural resources and that promotes the health, safety, and well-being of the people. This information consists of maps, data bases, and descriptions and analyses of the water, energy and mineral resources, land surface, underlying geologic structure, and dynamic processes of the earth. To accomplish its mission, the Geological Survey: Conducts and sponsors research in geology, hydrology, mapping, and related sciences. Produces and updates geographic, cartographic, and remotely sensed information in graphic and digital forms. Describes the onshore and offshore geologic framework and develops an understanding of its formation and evolution. Assesses energy and mineral resources, determines their origin and manner of occurence, and develops techniques for their discovery. Collects and analyzes data on the quantity and quality of surface water and ground water, on water use, and on quality of precipitation. Assesses water resources and develops an understanding of the impact of human activities and natural phenomena on hydrologic systems. Evaluates hazards associated with earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, droughts, toxic material, landslides, subsidence, and other ground failures, and develops methods for hazards prediction. Participates in the exploration of space and prepares geologic and other maps of the planets and their satellites. Publishes reports and maps, establishes and maintains earth science databases, and disseminates earth science data and information. Provides scientific and technical assistance for the effective use of earth science techniques, products, and information. Coordinates topographic, geologic, and land-use mapping, digital cartography, and water data activities. Develops new technologies for the collection, coordination, and interpretation of earth science data. Provides scientific support and technical advice for legislative, regulatory, and management decisions. Cooperates with other federal, state, and local agencies and with academia and industry. US FOREST SERVICE The Forest Service mission is captured by the phrase "Caring for the Land and Serving People." Our mission, as set forth by law, is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people. For Forest Service employees this means participating in the follow activities: Advocating a conservation ethic in promoting the health, productivity, diversity, and beauty of forests and associated lands. Listening to people and responding to their diverse needs in making decisions. Protecting and managing the national forests and grasslands so that they best demonstrate the sustainable multiple-use management concept. Providing technical and financial assistance to State and private forest landowners, encouraging them to practice good stewardship and quality land management in meeting their specific objectives. Providing international technical assistance to cities and urban communities to improve their natural environment by planting trees and caring for their forests. Helping States and communities to use the forests wisely in order to promote rural economic development and a quality rural environment. Developing and providing scientific and technical knowledge aimed at improving our capability to protect, manage, and use forests and rangelands. Providing work, training, and education to the unemployed, underemployed, elderly, youth, and disadvantaged in pursuit of our mission. Environmental Defense Fund The mission of the Environmental Defense Fund is to prevent environmentally induced harm to human populations. Since 1951, we've been working with communities, businesses and people like you to protect more than 116 million acres around the world. Nature conservancy To preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Why We're Successful We work closely with communities, businesses and people like you. Together, we've protected more than 116 million acres of valuable lands and waters worldwide. We practice sound science that achieves tangible results. Our non-confrontational approach. Did you know? Total acres protected by the Conservancy in the United States: nearly 15 million Acres protected by the Conservancy outside the United States: more than 101 million Current number of Conservancy preserves: about 1,400 Conservancy members: approximately 1 million Sierra Club “To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s resources. To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural environment. To use all ----“LAWFUL”----means to carry out these objectives The Wilderness Society The Wilderness Society is a national nonprofit environmental organization with the mission of preserving wildlife and wilderness and protecting America's parks and other prime ecosystems. Wildlands project Reacting to the global extinction crisis, a contraction in Earth’s natural diversity unprecedented in 65 million years, a group of prominent conservation biologists and wilderness advocates conceived of a new kind of conservation organization in 1991. The Wildlands Project would blend science and action. We would avoid band-aid solutions to complex problems. We would communicate the ecological value of wilderness, which is selfwilled land where natural processes, not human agency, direct the ebb and flow of life. World Widlife Fund WWF’s Purpose, as laid down in its Statutes, first established in 1961 and slightly modified in 1993, is “to conserve the natural environment and ecological processes worldwide”. This is taken to include fauna and flora, the landscape, water, soils, air and other natural resources, with particular emphasis on the maintenance of essential ecological processes and life support systems, and on the preservation of genetic, species and ecosystem diversity, and on ensuring that the utilization of wild plant and animal species and natural ecosystems is sustainable. Mission Statement WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: • conserving the world’s biological diversity • ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable • promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. League of Conservation Voters The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the political voice of the national environmental movement and the only organization devoted full-time to shaping a proenvironment Congress and White House. We run tough and effective campaigns to defeat anti-environment candidates, and support those leaders who stand up for a clean, healthy future for America. Through our National Environmental Scorecard and Presidential Report Card we hold Congress and the Administration accountable for their actions on the environment. Through regional offices, we build coalitions, promote grassroots power, and train the next generation of environmental leaders. National Wildlife Federation The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to educate, inspire and assist individuals and organizations of diverse cultures to conserve wildlife and other natural resources and to protect the Earth's environment in order to achieve a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future. National Wildlife Federation's main goal is to raise awareness and involve people of all ages in their fight to conserve and protect the environment. Animal Legal Defense Fund For nearly a quarter-century, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been pushing the U.S. legal system to end the suffering of abused animals. Founded by attorneys active in shaping the emerging field of animal law, ALDF has blazed the trail for stronger enforcement of anti-cruelty laws and more humane treatment of animals in every corner of American life. Today, ALDF’s groundbreaking efforts are supported by hundreds of dedicated attorneys and more than 100,000 members. Every day, ALDF works to protect animals by: Providing free legal assistance to prosecutors handling cruelty cases. Maintaining a database of animal abuse crimes across the country. Working to strengthen state anti-cruelty statutes. Encouraging the federal government to enforce existing animal protection laws. Nurturing the future of animal law through Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapters. Educating the public through seminars, workshops and other outreach efforts. Supporting lawsuits that explore important issues and expand the boundaries of animal law. Bureau of Land Management The Bureau of Land Management administers public lands within a framework of numerous laws. The most comprehensive of these is the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). All Bureau policies, procedures and management actions must be consistent with FLPMA and the other laws that govern use of the public lands. It is the mission of the Bureau of Land Management to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Audubon Society Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences. ALF The Animal Liberation Front (ALF) carries out direct action against animal abuse in the form of rescuing animals and causing financial loss to animal exploiters, usually through the damage and destruction of property. The ALF's short-term aim is to save as many animals as possible and directly disrupt the practice of animal abuse. Their long term aim is to end all animal suffering by forcing animal abuse companies out of business. It is a nonviolent campaign, activists taking all precautions not to harm any animal (human or otherwise). Because ALF actions are against the law, activists work anonymously, either in small groups or individually, and do not have any centralized organization or coordination. The Animal Liberation Front consists of small autonomous groups of people all over the world who carry out direct action according to the ALF guidelines. Any group of people who are vegetarians or vegans and who carry out actions according to ALF guidelines have the right to regard themselves as part of the ALF The ALF guidelines are: 1. TO liberate animals from places of abuse, i.e. laboratories, factory farms, fur farms, etc, and place them in good homes where they may live out their natural lives, free from suffering. 2. TO inflict economic damage to those who profit from the misery and exploitation of animals. 3. TO reveal the horror and atrocities committed against animals behind locked doors, by performing non-violent direct actions and liberations. 4. TO take all necessary precautions against harming any animal, human and non-human. Greenpeace Greenpeace is an independent, campaigning organisation which uses nonviolent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future. Greenpeace's goal is to ensure the ability of the earth to nurture life in all its diversity Sea Shepherd Conservation Society The conservation and preservation of marine eco-systems and species is the primary objective of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). It accomplishes this objective through two principal means: public education and investigation, documentation and, where appropriate and where legal authority exists under international law or under agreement with national governments, enforcement of violations of the international treaties, laws and conventions designed to protect the oceans. SSCS'S mission and activities are guided by the United Nations World Charter for Nature. Sections 21-24 of the Charter also provides SSCS'S authority to act on behalf of and enforce international conservation laws. The validity of this role has been confirmed by the national courts of The Netherlands and Canada, which have specifically ruled that the Charter and international law give SSCS (and like organizations) the right to intervene against illegal fishing activities that violate international law. SSCS cooperates fully with all international law enforcement agencies and its enforcement activities comply with standard practices. SSCS is dedicated and adheres to the utilization of non-violent principles in the course of all actions. In so doing, SSCS takes all precautions to ensure that physical injury is not inflicted on any sentient being, human and otherwise. Extreme caution is taken at every intervention or enforcement action in order to avoid the infliction of injury. In its 25-year history, SSCS has never been the cause of a single injury to death to any person. DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. We focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet: the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction. Long known for our leadership on endangered species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming endangered. Our programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health. Earthjustice Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations and communities. Environmental Protection Agency EPA's purpose is to ensure that: All Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work. National efforts to reduce environmental risk are based on the best available scientific information. Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are enforced fairly and effectively. Environmental protection is an integral consideration in U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy. All parts of society--communities, individuals, business, state and local governments, tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks. Environmental protection contributes to making our communities and ecosystems diverse, sustainable and economically productive.