NSC Alliance past-president Dr. Michael A. Mares has published a viewpoint article in the July/August 2009 issue of the journal BioScience. Mares’ article draws attention to the challenges facing many of the nation’s natural science collections and encourages federal and state policymakers to take immediate action to preserve the nation’s thousands of scientific collections. The article, Natural Science Collections: America’s Irreplaceable Resource (BioScience, July/August 2009, Vol. 59, No. 7, p 544-555, doi: 10.1525/bio.2009.59.7.2) is now available online at http://caliber.ucpress.net/toc/bio/59/7.