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Elly Pepper, Legislative Advocate, Washington, DC

Elly Pepper
Growing up on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park, I spent most of my childhood investigating tide pools and sailing/island exploring with my parents and two younger brothers. I always felt so much better when I was outside -- a fact that became even clearer to me when I spent 2 months hiking the Appalachian Trail in high school. While my parents were appalled that I had worn the same t-shirt for the entire trip, and immediately threw it away upon my return, I loved the simplicity of life on the trail and the feeling of carrying everything I needed on my back. I entered college and, later, law school, with the intention of working in environmental policy. As such, I feel very lucky to advocate on behalf of our environment at NRDC.

Recent Posts

Spending Bill Delivers Endangered Species Act Victory! (And Oct. - Dec. 2015 Legislative Update on the Endangered Species Act)

Posted December 17, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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© Gunnar Ries The biggest legislative news on the Endangered Species Act ("ESA") since this fall came just yesterday as Congress released its omnibus spending bill for 2016 (H.R. 2029). Over a dozen anti-ESA provisions were on the table...continued

Global Anti-Poaching Act Expected to Pass House Today

Posted November 2, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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*Update: H.R. 2494 passed the House by voice vote on 11/2. On to the Senate! © Enough Project There aren't many good days in the current Congress, but today is one of them! The Global Anti-Poaching Act (H.R. 2494), introduced...continued

Washington Ballot Measure 1401 Would Protect Many Heavily-Trafficked Species

Posted October 6, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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(C) Ian Kennedy While many Americans have heard about the elephant and rhino poaching crises by now, the tragic fact is that there are hundreds of other species that the international wildlife trade is driving to extinction. Take pangolins--a...continued

California Becomes Third State in the Nation to Ban Ivory Trade

Posted October 4, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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With a quick stroke of his pen, Governor Brown, today, signed into law AB 96, thus eliminating the third largest ivory market in the country and joining New York and New Jersey in banning intrastate ivory trade. The bill...continued

September 2015 Legislative Update on the Endangered Species Act

Posted September 30, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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(C) Gregory Smith Everyone needs good news sometimes. And writing about the legislative threats to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) each month has been getting me down. That's why, going forward, I'm also going to include positive legislative efforts...continued

OIG Audit Emphasizes Need for Wildlife Services Reform

Posted September 24, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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(C) USFWS Mountain-Prairie Responding to Congressional requests and well over a hundred thousand letters from the public, almost two years ago the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General (OIG) agreed to conduct an audit of the agency's...continued

June & July 2015 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Posted August 3, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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(C) Fish and Wildlife Service The last two months have not only been a whirlwind--they've also made it abundantly clear just how vulnerable the Endangered Species Act ("ESA") is from congressional threats, despite recent polling indicating that over 90%...continued

NRDC and Allies Sue Mendocino County AGAIN

Posted July 26, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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(C) Lisa Whiteman Every year, California's Mendocino County kills hundreds of coyotes, bobcats, bears, cougars, foxes, and other animals on behest of the private livestock industry without ANY consideration of its impacts on the animals themselves, other species, and...continued

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Delivers Final Set of Elephant Protections

Posted July 25, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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Yesterday, in an announcement made from the Global Entrepreneurship Conference in Kenya, President Obama announced critical, long-awaited regulations regarding the U.S. ivory market. With more than 100,000 poached for their tusks between 2010 and 2012, elephants are in serious trouble....continued

Ivory Ban Bill Passes California Assembly!

Posted June 10, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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In a show of resounding bipartisan support for elephant protection, California's ivory ban bill - AB 96 - passed the Assembly last week in a vote of 53-12. And, just a few days later, the Los Angeles Times voiced its...continued

May 2015 Legislative Threats to the Endangered Species Act

Posted May 28, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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After a long hiatus, I'm resurrecting this monthly blog to once again capture the panoply of congressional threats to one of our nation's most beloved laws--the Endangered Species Act. With a Republican majority in both the House and the Senate...continued

Bill Would Prevent Wildlife Services and Others from Cruel Trapping on Refuge Land

Posted April 27, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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Pennsylvania's John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge (C) Bill Buchanan/FWS When you hear the term "National Wildlife Refuge," what comes to mind? I automatically think of the wildlife I see when visiting the refuges in my home state of Maine--especially...continued

NRDC Pushes Obama Administration to Finalize Ivory Regulations

Posted April 13, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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It's been over a year since the Obama Administration promised to put in place regulations that - if implemented as proposed - would amount to a near-total ban on domestic ivory sales, imports, and exports of African elephant ivory. And...continued

California's Mendocino County Suspends Illegal Contract with Wildlife Services

Posted April 13, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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Mendocino County officials agreed this week to suspend the renewal of the county's 2016 contract with Wildlife Services after NRDC, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Center for Biological Diversity, Animal Welfare Institute, and Project Coyote filed a lawsuit against the...continued

Bill Would Help End California's Role in Elephant & Rhino Poaching Crisis

Posted January 7, 2015 by Elly Pepper

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No one wants to think that they're responsible for killing elephants. But if you've bought ivory in California recently, you might be. According to an NRDC-commissioned undercover investigation of California's ivory markets, released today, up to 90% of the ivory...continued

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