Everyone knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. In the case of endangered species recovery, the picture we need is a map that displays both the good and bad actions that affect the species. Interactive maps seem to be everywhere in our online lives; however, their potential hasn’t been fully leveraged to further endangered species conservation in the U.S.
Unfortunately, there are some in Congress who just can’t help but politicize wildlife conservation. Last week Representative Cory Gardner (R-CO-4th) introduced the euphemistically named “Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act” that would muck up the listing process for sage-grouse by allowing states to bar the federal government from even considering the species for protection for at least 10 years.