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From the halls of Congress to state legislatures, groups of all sizes and scopes support the creation of a 

 National Biodiversity Strategy 



In the 118th Congress 2023, Representative Joe Neguse of Colorado's 2nd District introduced H. Res. 195 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Joined by nearly five dozen cosponsors, the resolution calls for the creation of a National Biodiversity Strategy. In the 117th Congress, Rep. Neguse, along with 49 other House members, including House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raul Grijalva, sent a letter to President Biden calling on him to develop a national strategy. H. Res. 195 cosponsors are: 

Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]
Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]
Rep. Davids, Sharice [D-KS-3]
Rep. Bush, Cori [D-MO-1]
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]
Rep. Fitzpatrick, Brian K. [R-PA-1]
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]
Rep. Tokuda, Jill N. [D-HI-2]
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-7]
Rep. Grijalva, Raúl M. [D-AZ-7]
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]
Rep. Auchincloss, Jake [D-MA-4]
Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-19]
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-12]
Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5]
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]
Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49]
Rep. Stansbury, Melanie Ann [D-NM-1]
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]

Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-47]

Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-28]

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14]

Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10]

Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6]

Del. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]

Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-12]

Rep. Allred, Colin Z. [D-TX-32]

Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]

Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]

Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-30]

Rep. Harder, Josh [D-CA-9]

Rep. Jacobs, Sara [D-CA-51]

Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]

Rep. Salinas, Andrea [D-OR-6]

Rep. Fletcher, Lizzie [D-TX-7]

Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]

Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]

Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]

Rep. Phillips, Dean [D-MN-3]

Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6]

Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]

Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. "Chuy" [D-IL-4]

Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]

Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]

Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3]

Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]

Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5]

Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]

Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-18]

U.S. Senate

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In the 118th Congress, Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon introduced S. Res. 494 in the U.S. Senate. Joined by five original cosponsors, the resolution calls for the creation of a National Biodiversity Strategy. S. Res. 494 cosponsors are:

Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]    
Sen. Welch, Peter [D-VT]
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]
Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]


State Legislatures

In 2022, 365 state legislators sent a letter to President Biden urging the creation of a National Biodiversity Strategy to address the biodiversity crisis. The bipartisan letter was signed by legislators from 48 states and territories.


The five major drivers of the biodiversity crisis: land- and sea-use change; overexploitation of species; climate change; pollution; and invasive species. Find out more about each under Science.


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Organizations of all sizes - big and small, international and local are calling for the creation of a National Biodiversity Strategy for the United States and/or support for a House Resolution calling for the establishment of a National Biodiversity Strategy. In 2022, conservation organizations announced a new campaign to advocate for a national strategy. Organizations that have expressed support for a National Biodiversity Strategy include:

Alaska Wilderness League

Alaska Wilderness League Action

America the Beautiful for All Coalition


American Bird Conservancy

Ancient Forest National Park Coalition

Animal Defenders International


Animal Legal Defense Fund


Animal Welfare Institute


Animals Asia Foundation


Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Arizona Trail Association


Audubon Rockies



Born Free USA

Californians for Western Wilderness

CATCA Environmental and Wildlife Society (CEWS)

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Center for Sustainable Communities


Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition

Chesapeake Conservancy


Christian Council of Delmarva

Clark Communication Resources

Climate Law & Policy Project


Colorado Native Plant Society

Colorado Wild Public Lands


Conservation Council For Hawaii

Conservation Lands Foundation


Conservation Northwest

Conservation Voters New Mexico


Defenders of Wildlife


Earth Action, Inc.


Earth Ethics, Inc. 



Ecology Africa Foundation


Endangered Habitats League


Endangered Species Coalition

Environment America


Environmental Center of San Diego

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Protection Information Center


Friends of the Bitterroot

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Sonoran Desert

Grand Canyon Trust

Grand Junction Area Chapter, Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Great Lakes Wildlife Alliance

Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Heirs To Our Oceans

Howling for Wolves

Humane Society International (HSI)

Humane Society Legislative Fund


Impact Hub Salt Lake

Information Network for Responsible Mining


Inland Ocean Coalition


International Fund for Animal Welfare


International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island Institute

John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute


Klamath Forest Alliance


Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center

Last Tree Laws

League of Conservation Voters

Los Padres Forest Watch


Maine Audubon

Massachusetts Forest Watch

Middle Park Great Old Broads for Wilderness

Montana Wilderness Association

Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance

National Aquarium

National Audubon Society


National Ocean Protection Coalition


National Parks Conservation Association


Native Plant Society of the United States


Natural Resources Council of Maine


Natural Resources Defense Council



OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Oceanic Preservation Society

Orca Network

Oregon Wild

Pacific Environment


Project Eleven Hundred

Pelican Island Audubon Society

Quiet Use Coalition

Rachel Carson Council

Resource Renewal Institute

RESTORE: The North Woods

Rocky Mountain Wild

San Juan Citizens Alliance

San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council

Save Animals Facing Extinction

Save the Manatee Club

Seattle Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium

Sierra Club


Sierra Club Alaska


Sierra Forest Legacy

Southern Environmental Law Center


Southwest Environmental Center



The Enviro Show


The Humane Society of the United States

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

The Trust for Public Land


The Wilderness Society

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation


Turner Endangered Species Fund


Turtle Island Restoration Network


Western Environmental Law Center


Western Nebraska Resources Council


Western Watersheds Project

WILD Foundation

Wild Watershed Broads

WildEarth Guardians

Wilderness Workshop


Wildlands Network


Wildlife Conservation Society


Wolf Conservation Center


Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)


World Wildlife Fund


Wyoming Untrapped


Yaak Valley Forest Council

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