The Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS) Board of Directors established the Conservation Policy Committee at the 2002 TOS Fall Meeting. This Committee will study environmental issues of importance to Tennessee birdlife and develop policy recommendations. These recommendations must be approved by the Board of Directors (or, in an emergency, by the Executive Committee) in order to become official TOS policy. The Committee has six members, including the chairperson, with renewable annual terms.
The American Bird Conservancy is an first-rate source of information on the most pressing policy-making issues of the day with regard to the goals of halting extinctions, protecting habitats, eliminating threats, and building capacity for bird conservation.
They work closely with other wildlife and conservation organizations to stay on top of what is happening with federal agencies, the U. S. Congress and White House, and with state governments.
It is an excellent source for Action Items, pre-written letters to officials, and full explanations of the issues.
TOS members are encouraged to bring conservation issues to the attention of the Committee and are invited to participate in developing policy recommendations with the Committee.
For more information on these issues, on issues that the Committee is presently studying, or on issues you think the Committee should address, please contact one of the Committee co-chairs.