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Dems Slam Arctic drilling plan as 'polar payout' to Big Oil
Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of the Defenders of Wildlife, an environmental group, called the Alaska refuge “an incomparable wilderness” that supports more than 200 species of migratory birds in addition to its famous polar bears and caribou. Trump and other Republicans “want to put our wild places out for bid,” Clark said. “Enough is enough.”
17
Oct
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Interior looks at behind-the-scenes land swap to allow road through wildlife refuge
The Interior Department is preparing to set aside a decades-old ban on development in federally protected wilderness areas by pursuing a controversial proposal to build a nearly 12-mile road through a wildlife refuge in ­Alaska. The project in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge has long been a priority for Alaska officials, who say it is a “lifesaving” link needed to connect a remote Aleutian Islands town of 925 people with the rest of the state. The proposal, which entails turning federal land over to a tribal corporation, fits neatly with the Trump administration’s broader goal of giving more control to local communities like King Cove.
16
Oct
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Miners Tiptoe Around Lizard in Latest Fracking Dust-Up
The dunes sagebrush lizard is a picky reptile. The 3-inch-long, tan-skinned animal lives only in windblown hollows near the shrublike shinnery oaks scattered among the dunes of West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. It even prefers a specific grade of sand—small grained, and not too coarse.
13
Oct
2017
www.wsj.com
The Future Of Wolves In The Southwest
Defenders of Wildlife's Senior Southwestern Representative Craig Miller joins a diverse panel on a discussion about the Mexican gray wolf draft recovery plan.
12
Oct
2017
kunm.org
Destruction of Lizard’s West Texas Habitat 10 Times Worse Than Previously Thought
In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) made the controversial decision not to list the dunes sagebrush lizard, a three-inch reptile native to the West Texas oil patch, as endangered. Instead, the agency signed off on a conservation plan developed by the Texas comptroller’s office that allows oil and gas companies and landowners to voluntarily agree to protect the lizard’s habitat.
28
Sep
2017
www.texasobserver.org
Solar industry stays calm after Zinke says it's a bad fit for public lands
POLITICO - Renewable energy supporters are worried — but not yet panicked — after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke slammed large-scale solar development as a poor use of federal lands. Zinke urged solar companies to focus on smaller rooftop projects rather than sprawling installations on federal lands.
27
Sep
2017
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Secretary Zinke's Positions On National Monuments Link Him More Closely To Pinchot Than Roosevelt
"Secretary Zinke is monumentally and irrationally out of step with the American public," said Defenders President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark. "Our national monuments provide critical habitat for endangered and threatened species, and are essential to thousands of species of plants, fish and animals. We understand what the Trump administration does not: national monuments protect irreplaceable parts of our nation’s conservation, cultural and historical legacies."
20
Sep
2017
www.nationalparkstraveler.org
Zinke memo hints cuts to four national monuments including 90 percent of Bears Ears
"The administration is truly operating behind closed doors and now seems to be stealthily trying to open up both our monuments and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling," Defenders of Wildlife says in the opening of a statement on the news.
20
Sep
2017
www.spokesman.com
Trump administration working toward renewed drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
The Trump administration is quietly moving to allow energy exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the first time in more than 30 years, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post, with a draft rule that would lay the groundwork for drilling.
18
Sep
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Trump Administration Moves to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling Studies
An internal Interior Department memo has proposed lifting restrictions on exploratory seismic studies in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a possible first step toward opening the pristine wilderness area to oil and gas drilling.
16
Sep
2017
www.nytimes.com
Environmentalists Sue to Block US Border Wall with Mexico
Three advocacy groups sued the federal government Thursday to block construction of a border wall with Mexico, alleging that that Trump administration overstepped its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws. The Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund seek to prevent construction of wall prototypes in San Diego before it begins and halt plans for replacement barriers in San Diego and Calexico, California.
15
Sep
2017
ww2.kqed.org
Thousands weigh in on wolf recovery plan
Defenders of Wildlife, an international wildlife advocacy organization, said in an email Tuesday that its members had submitted nearly 22,000 comments in defense of the wolves. Many of those comments also requested that the federal agency allow the wolves to roam north of I-40. “We know that wolf recovery can bring our landscapes and rivers back to life — just like wolf reintroduction did in Yellowstone National Park in the mid-1990s,” the statement said, “and wolf recovery can contribute to our regional economy.”
29
Aug
2017
www.santafenewmexican.com
The Latest: Lawmaker welcomes news on monument areas
Defenders of Wildlife vice president of landscape conservation Mark Salvo says downsizing any national monuments would have a negative impact on fish, wildlife and plants. He criticized U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for not making public a list of recommendations about the monuments.
29
Aug
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Tribes, green groups prepare for national monument court fight
“Secretary Zinke often invokes Teddy Roosevelt as his role model, but President Roosevelt protected our natural heritage; he would never have made these recommendations. We urge President Trump to responsibly honor our nation’s conservation values and leave these designations intact,” said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife. “Defenders of Wildlife will fight to retain protections for the lands and waters designated as national monuments to ensure that they are conserved for future generations. We stand with the 2.8 million Americans who have called on the president to protect our irreplaceable national monuments.”
29
Aug
2017
www.washingtontimes.com
Exigen cambio en Conapesca por extincion de vaquita
Juan Carlos Cantú, representante de Defenders of Wildlife dijo que la vaquita marina nunca ha sido una especie comercial, por lo que autoridades pesqueras no le han dado importancia a su extinción. “Si las vaquitas dejan de existir el problema está resuelto, ya no habrá lineamientos que seguir ni de qué preocuparse”, consideró.
29
Aug
2017
www.eluniversal.com.mx
Trump's monument plan still shrouded in secrecy
“Secretary Zinke’s apparent decision to roll back protections for national monuments and his failure to disclose the details of that decision is monumentally out of touch with the will of the American people,” said Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife. “We have a right to know how he intends to change monument designations, and which of these special places are at risk.”
29
Aug
2017
thehill.com
Zinke eyes shrinking a few national monuments
Defenders of Wildlife’s president, Jamie Rappaport Clark, said Zinke was “ignoring millions of comments imploring the Trump administration to safeguard these lands and the wildlife living within their boundaries.”
29
Aug
2017
www.agri-pulse.com
UPDATE: Many Unknowns Surround Interior Secretary's National Monument Recommendations
At Defenders of Wildlife, President Jamie Rappaport Clark said that, “Secretary Zinke’s apparent decision to roll back protections for national monuments and his failure to disclose the details of that decision is monumentally out of touch with the will of the American people. We have a right to know how he intends to change monument designations, and which of these special places are at risk. He’s ignoring millions of comments imploring the Trump administration to safeguard these lands and the wildlife living within their boundaries."
29
Aug
2017
www.nationalparkstraveler.org
Activists blame Mexican government for near-loss of porpoise
Monday's report by Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife and others came one day after Mexico said it had reached agreements with China and the United States to combat totoaba fishing. But the groups said the fisheries council has increased catch limits for corvina, another species frequently caught in nets that can trap vaquitas. Corvina boats may also provide cover for fishermen who illegally fish for totoaba.
28
Aug
2017
abcnews.go.com
Satellites eye endangered species
The U.S. Endangered Species Act provides strong legal protection to struggling species, but the government rarely has the resources to monitor their status. Now, a conservation organization has developed algorithms that use satellite images to identify threats to species from habitat degradation and loss. In a pilot project, Washington, D.C.– based Defenders of Wildlife measured habitat loss for the lesser prairie chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus) after it was removed from the list of endangered species in 2015 (Science, 19 June 2015, p. 1300). The images showed that at least 4.5% of the birds’ most important habitat has been degraded since 2015 by 311 oil and gas wells, 946 wind turbines, and more than 34,000 hectares of new agricultural fields in five Western states.
18
Aug
2017
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Alaska Predator Rule BBC World News
Bob Dreher, Senior VP of Conservation Programs, speaking on the Alaska Predator Rule on BBC World News on August 17, 2017.
17
Aug
2017
presspage-production-content.s3.amazonaws.com
West Texas sand rush exposes faults in state’s lizard protection plan
A sudden influx of mining companies scraping the West Texas oil patch for sand to use in fracking operations has disrupted nearly as much highly sensitive habitat of a rare lizard in the last three months as the oil and gas industry had in the previous five years, according to state officials and a conservation group that monitors the area.
17
Aug
2017
www.mystatesman.com
Opinion: Will Trump allow oil drilling in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary?
Just look west. Right off our coastline is the majesty and wonder of the Pacific Ocean. From the largest mammal to the smallest microbe, our oceans house an abundance of life like no other place on our planet. Though much of it is unexplored, the parts we know are teeming with marine wildlife. Here on shore, surfers, sailors, divers and more treasure this abundance. That’s why so many stood up and spoke out on behalf of these special places in response to President Trump’s April 30 executive order, which initiates a review of the designation or expansion of 11 national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments.
17
Aug
2017
www.mercurynews.com
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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