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November
16,
2017
The pesticide industry is pushing legislation on Capitol Hill that would dismantle Endangered Species Act requirements to minimize pesticides’ harm to protected species like salmon, California condors, and Florida panthers, according to a
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November
15,
2017
Today the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved reconciliation legislation from Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to destructive oil drilling. This extraneous
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November
14,
2017
The Forest Service is downsizing the latest old-growth clearcut on the Tongass National Forest.
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November
09,
2017
Defenders of Wildlife released a report today revealing multiple threats to Southern Resident orcas from pollution in the Salish Sea.
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Powerful lawmaker wants to ‘invalidate’ the Endangered Species Act. He’s getting close.opens in new window
The congressman who said he “would love to invalidate” the Endangered Species Act is closing in on his goal. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) recently shepherded five bills out of the Natural Resources Committee he chairs that would dismantle the law piece by piece. Many Republicans on the panel say the proposals are necessary changes that would modernize the 1973 law. Democrats and conservationists say the bills would whittle away the law’s ability to save wildlife from extinction.
09
Nov
2017
www.washingtonpost.com
Dems Slam Arctic drilling plan as 'polar payout' to Big Oilopens in new window
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 refugeopens in new window
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-Upopens in new window
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 opens in new window
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