|00:00:01||SPEAKER, LAST NIGHT ROGER WAS HONORED FOR HIS 20 YEARS LEADERSHIP AS DEFENDERS EVER OF WILDLIFE, WHERE HE BECAME A KEY PILLAR OF THE AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT.|
|00:00:13||THE SUCCESSFUL REINTRODUCTION OF THE GRAY WOLF IN THE AMERICAN WEST IS AN EXAMPLE OF HIS TENACITY, SKILL AND VISION.|
|00:00:19||WHETHER ROGER WAS FIGHTING TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS FROM ASSAULT OR USING THEM FOR THEIR INTENDED PURPOSES, HE SHOWED HOW EVEN IN DIFFICULT TIMES PEOPLE WOULD RESPOND TO PROTECT WHAT THEY CHERISH.|
|00:00:32||THAT IS HOW WE BUILT DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE IN THE FORMEDIBLE POLITICAL AND POLICY FORCE, INCREASING THE MEMBERSHIP 1,500% TO ALMOST A MILLION PEOPLE.|
|00:00:43||WHETHER IT'S TAKING HIS PHONE CALL, TAKING A VISIT OR EXPLORING THE REFUGE WITH ROGER, HIS PASSION WAS CLEAR TO ME.|
|00:00:51||ROGER PROVIDED LEADERSHIP THAT MATTERS WHICH SPEAKS VOLUMES TODAY AND WILL FAR INTO THE FUTURE.|
|00:00:58||THANK YOU, ROGER.|
Mr. BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, last night Roger Schlickeisen was honored for his 20 years' leadership as president of Defenders of Wildlife, where he became a key pillar of the American environmental movement.
The successful reintroduction of the gray wolf into the American West was an example of his tenacity, skill and his vision. Whether Roger was fighting to protect our environmental laws from assault or using them for their intended purposes, he showed how even in difficult times, people would respond to protect what they cherish. That is how he built Defenders of Wildlife into such a formidable political and policy force, increasing its membership 1,500 percent to almost 1 million people.
Whether taking his phone call, an office visit, or exploring the Arctic wildlife refuge with Roger, his passion was clear to me. Roger provided leadership that matters, which speaks volumes today and will far into the future. Thank you, Roger. END