Monday, August 08, 2005

ENV: More on Ivory-bill stamp

Bob Chapman provides some more details, and offers a challenge in raising money to help protect Ivory-billed Woodpeckers. . .

It's my personal hope that we can find other conservation organizations that will agree to match the funds this stamp print program raises by itself. The more matching partners, the better! This concept was successfully used in a vital effort to protect over 400,000 acres in the ACE Basin in South Carolina (ACE stands for the delta of the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto rivers). Maybe you can mention this idea to help plant that seed? I helped in the ACE Basin task force and many contributions got matched 8 and 9 times!

Let me give you an example of how powerful this can be. In 1989, I came up with what some called a "silly" idea to issue a special Tenth Anniversary Governor's Edition South Carolina Duck Stamp. It took almost a full year to get state legislation amended to allow for it to be issued. What happened? All 510 stamps hand-signed by then Governor Carroll Campbell were sold at $100.00 apiece in only 22 days! The 1,020 $50.00 version stamps, with just his printed signature on the stamps, sold out the last day of availability.

The $102,000 was matched 9 times to raise over $1 million! Every penny went directly to conservation projects. What did I earn? Satisfaction and Ducks Unlimited's "Super Duck" award. This Ivory-billed Woodpecker Stamp Print Program could use this concept!

I sure don't mean to be bragging here, but I do think every major conservation organization should be asked to "step up to the plate".

The reality is it might take a massive private-funding effort to do what is needed to save the bird. We cannot rely on just government!

Thanks again for your time.

P.S. . . . Have you heard the song about the Ivory-bill yet? . . .

I think the song and their NPR segment are both SUPERB!

Best regards, Bob
Bob Chapman - Webmaster for wildlife artist Larry Chandler
and Official Ivory-billed Woodpecker Conservation Stamp Print Program

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