WHEREAS, there is insufficient basic information, on the composition of the biota of the United States; and
WHEREAS, extensive knowledge of the species components of the biota is necessary to understand the effects of man's activities on natural habitats; and
WHEREAS, no modern survey of the entire United States flora and fauna has been undertaken; and
WHEREAS, such comprehensive surveys are being conducted in other countries such as Canada, Australia, Hungary, India, Israel, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and the Soviet Union;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the American Society of Mammalogists strongly urges the Congress and the President of the United States to support the proposal for a Biological Survey of the United States that is under consideration by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.