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Zinke Revives Obama-Era Sage Grouse Controversy With New Protection Plan
“While the Trump administration works to weaken the federal sage grouse conservation plans, scientists recommend doing quite the opposite," Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of the wildlife advocacy group, said in a statement. "The latest research advises strengthening conservation measures to protect and restore sage-grouse, which also benefits hundreds of other wildlife species, sagebrush grasslands and the Western communities and economies that depend on them.”
12
Aug
2017
www.nbcnews.com
Environmental Groups, Solar Developer Reach Settlement Agreement
Kim Delfino, Defenders of Wildlife’s California Program Director, says, “When projects are planned ‘smart from the start,’ it ensures that we will not sacrifice California’s natural heritage to meet our clean energy goals.”
24
Jul
2017
solarindustrymag.com
Western governers wrong on Endangered Species Act
The recently concluded conference of the Western Governors' Association issued a strange resolution asking Congress to make significant changes in the Endangered Species Act to give more power to the states in administering this critical federal conservation law. But while Montana's governor lauds its success in keeping sage grouse, western cutthroat trout and fluvial arctic grayling from being listed as endangered, the truth is that none of these species are anywhere near recovered. The governors have confused conservation plans with actual species recovery, which puts their cart before the horse in demanding changes to the longstanding and successful Endangered Species Act.
24
Jul
2017
missoulian.com
IN FOCUS: National Conservation Organization Says Proposed Border Wall Would Hurt Ecosystems
On a recent taped episode of KRWG-TV’s In Focus, Michael Dax, a national outreach representative with Defenders of Wildlife, a national conservation organization says that there are three main ecosystems that his organization is concerned about along the border, they are coastal California, Sky Islands (mountains), and the Rio Grande Delta.
21
Jul
2017
krwg.org
GOP, Democrats spar over best way to save Endangered Species Act
That was the main issue as the House Natural Resources Committee took up five bills, what Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, called a “weird menu” of measures that would modify the Endangered Species Act in ways he called a “waste of time.” Grijalva said that for Congress to “decide which species live or die – for all time – is arrogant and shameful.”
21
Jul
2017
cronkitenews.azpbs.org
Fish And Wildlife Service Backs GOP-Led Bills To Chip Away At Endangered Species Act If the efforts succeed, the 1973 law could go the way of the dodo
WASHINGTON — As Earth stares down the barrel of a sixth mass extinction event, conservative lawmakers in Washington have taken aim not at climate change or habitat loss, but at one of the most important laws meant to protect imperiled species and combat the biodiversity crisis: the Endangered Species Act.
21
Jul
2017
www.huffingtonpost.com
The Energy 202: Congressional budget subtly bores path to Arctic refuge drilling
“The proposed budget is a direct attack on the crown jewel of our National Wildlife Refuge System and another clear attempt to sell out our federal public lands to Big Oil,” argued Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and chief executive of the Defenders of Wildlife.
21
Jul
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted
By Matthew Daly | AP July 19 “While nine out of ten Americans want to protect endangered species and their habitat, Congressional leaders are spending their time dismantling the ESA in favor of special interests,” said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife. “Enactment of any of these bills will only hasten the disappearance of endangered and threatened species from our planet.”
21
Jul
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Fight Over Planned Solar Farm Ends in Settlement
“The Panoche Valley is a globally important landscape,” said Kim Delfino, Defenders of Wildlife’s California program director. “The new agreement recognizes the significant conservation value of the Panoche Valley, reduces the size of the project in this unique valley and moves half of the project to a better site outside of the valley.”
21
Jul
2017
www.courthousenews.com
Analysis Of Comments Points To Overwhelming Support For National Monuments
“National monuments are protected for the benefit of all Americans. Ensuring that majestic, vibrant places like these remain available to the public is vital to our national identity," said Defenders CEO and President Jamie Rappaport Clark. “The bipartisan legacy of 16 previous administrations, not just the three whose proclamations are under review, hangs in the balance as this rich part of our American heritage faces the threat of being cast aside in favor of politics and industry."
11
Jul
2017
www.nationalparkstraveler.org
Montana dam blocked again over threat to endangered fish
Aaron Hall, Defenders of Wildlife's Rockies and Plains representative, said the pallid sturgeon can't wait a decade on construction and analysis to determine whether the bypass works. "Like the government, we agree that this is a time-sensitive matter," he said. "We really feel like there's a win-win solution here that we would love to get to."
06
Jul
2017
manager.presspage.com
2nd pack of gray wolves spotted in Northern Calif.
Pamela Flick, California representative for Defenders of Wildlife, called finding a new pack of gray wolves in the state "momentous." "OR-7 proved that a wolf could make the trek to California. The Shasta Pack gave us hope for wolf packs here. Now the presence of the Lassen Pack shows that wolves are eager to return to their native territory in the Golden State," Flick added.
06
Jul
2017
abcnews.go.com
In new wolf plan, feds give states power on releases
“They’re boxed into a little area as if they’re in a zoo,” said Bryan Bird, southwest program director with Defenders of Wildlife. “What it basically means is they will not be able to reach their true ecological potential, which is called the Yellowstone Model, where wolves can have a transformative effect on ecosystems all the way down to fish and water quality.”
29
Jun
2017
nmpoliticalreport.com
ENDANGERED SPECIES: Western governors urge ESA overhaul
"The Western Governors' Association's call for legislative changes to the Endangered Species Act opens a Pandora's box in this hostile Congress," Clark said in a statement. "In the current highly partisan political climate, any bill to rewrite the ESA will significantly damage the Act and undermine imperiled species conservation. The Endangered Species Act is fundamentally sound. It does not need to be 'fixed,' it needs to be fully funded." Both Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who did not attend the WGA's annual meeting this week, opposed the new resolution.
29
Jun
2017
www.eenews.net
Removal of Yellowstone Grizzlies From Endangered List Ignites Controversy
To see how far we've come in restoring grizzly bear populations in and around Yellowstone National Park, consider: There are five times more grizzlies now than there were in 1975, when they were first protected under the Endangered Species Act. The area grizzlies roam has increased by half. And conflicts with bears attracted to landowners’ chicken coops now pose a greater threat than hunting. Thus far, Yellowstone grizzly bear recovery is by most measures a massive American wildlife success story. But is that enough?
23
Jun
2017
news.nationalgeographic.com
Yellowstone's grizzly bears lose endangered species protection after 42 years
After 42 years on the Endangered Species List, the grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park have increased in number to 700 and will no longer be listed as a protected species, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday. The imminent ruling by the Fish and Wildlife Service would still ban hunting grizzly bears inside Yellowstone but would allow limited hunting in the three states outside its boundaries.
23
Jun
2017
www.usatoday.com
Yellowstone Grizzly To Be Removed From Endangered Species List
Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of the nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife, called the Yellowstone grizzly’s recovery “an undeniable example of how the ESA can bring a species back from the brink,” but said her group remains concerned about future management.  “We cannot allow the decades of work and investment to save these bears go down the drain,” she said. 
23
Jun
2017
www.huffingtonpost.com
U.S. officials to lift Yellowstone grizzly bear protections
Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened.
22
Jun
2017
www.greatfallstribune.com
Salton Sea crisis explored in Desert Sun event
The Desert Sun hosted a Salton Sea event at UC Riverside Palm Desert on Tuesday evening following the release of “California’s Dying Sea,” a four-part investigative series examining the crisis of the shrinking sea.
20
Jun
2017
www.desertsun.com
Will Trump try to sink sage grouse conservation?
Late in the evening on Wednesday, June 7th, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed an order to review and possibly alter the crucial sage grouse conservation plans that the federal government painstakingly developed during Barack Obama's presidency.
15
Jun
2017
psmag.com
Massive open pit mine closes in on U.S.'s only jaguar territory
Donald Trump’s presidency has intensified the debate over undocumented immigrants in the United States, but it’s the U.S. Forest Service that has environmentalists worried about the fate of another group suspected of surreptitiously crossing the U.S-Mexico border—jaguars.
15
Jun
2017
fusion.net
California far from solutions as Salton Sea crisis looms
The Salton Sea is a disaster in slow motion. For more than a century, California’s largest lake has been sustained by Colorado River water, which irrigates Imperial Valley farms and drains into the lake. But the Salton Sea will start shrinking rapidly at the end of this year, when increasing amounts of river water will be diverted from farms to cities.
10
Jun
2017
www.usatoday.com
Legislature urges continued protection of California’s national monuments
A resolution to memorialize a call by the California State Legislature for the Federal Government to continue protecting California’s national monuments moves to Washington D.C., where it will be submitted to the federal government for comment under the ongoing federal review of the nation’s public lands.
10
Jun
2017
www.thereporter.com
Forest Service Signs Permit for Proposed Arizona Copper Mine
The U.S. Forest Service has approved one of the two federal permits needed for a proposed open-pit copper mine southeast of Tucson, but an opposition group vowed Wednesday to keep fighting the project.
08
Jun
2017
www.usnews.com
Bryan Bird, Defenders of Wildlife, On What A Border Wall Would do To Wildlife
Defenders of Wildlife Program Director Bryan Bird on The Trump Wall Disaster for Wildlife.
08
Jun
2017
santafe.com
Any changes to current Endangered Species Act will weaken its purpose
The battle over the Endangered Species Act has reached a fever pitch in Congress. The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee is expected to act on legislation to rewrite this law by the August recess, setting the stage for floor action this fall.
07
Jun
2017
thehill.com
Inside the Effort to Kill Protections for Endangered Animals
The Endangered Species Act is credited with saving grizzly bears and more than 200 other animals from extinction. Efforts to chip away at the law persist.
19
May
2017
news.nationalgeographic.com
The Endangered Species Act, explained
Today is Endangered Species Day, an annual reminder (falling on the third Friday of every May) to recognize America's conservation efforts.
19
May
2017
theweek.com
$30K fish bladder fuels poaching, trafficking and wildlife crisis
An hourlong flight east of Hong Kong in the Chinese port city of Shantou, traders cater to affluent businessmen quietly looking to drop up to $30,000 dollars on a single fish bladder.
17
May
2017
www.sandiegouniontribune.com
Environmental groups sue Trump administration over offshore drilling
A coalition of environmental groups on Wednesday sued the Trump administration over its efforts to expand offshore drilling.
03
May
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
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