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August 18, 2014

Mere minutes after the ink was dry on a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw a proposal to protect the wolverine under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, environmentalists announced they'd be hauling the agency into court over the decision.

August 14, 2014

Climate change may be impacting wolverines in North America, but federal officials have decided that’s not enough to warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act.

August 13, 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision today to abandon proposed protections for the wolverine ignores the best available science, including advice from the Service’s own wildlife experts, conservation groups stated.

August 12, 2014
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

If state land-management programs and partnerships are as successful in protecting the greater sage grouse as Western leaders argue they are, the Fish and Wildlife Service wants to see the proof. Fish and Wildlife has alerted state governors, local leaders and private groups, as well as the Bureau of Land Management and American Indian tribes, that it wants information on these efforts as part of its ongoing review of the sage grouse and whether the bird should be proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act by a September 2015 deadline.

August 6, 2014
Forest Mountain Stream, © Warren Sander

A coalition of conservation groups today implored President Obama to acknowledge the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, a once-abundant species whose demise from human exploitation revealed the fragility of nature and helped catalyze the modern conservation movement.

August 5, 2014
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman

An oil and gas industry group has launched an advertising campaign warning that a federal endangered listing for the greater sage grouse would have dramatic economic impacts across the West and undermine already effective state and local conservation programs.

July 29, 2014

Earlier this year, Representative Doc Hastings, a powerful foe of wildlife conservation and Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, launched a horribly biased and slanted attack on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It began with the release of a report and set of ESA "reform" proposals prepared by a highly partisan "committee" formed by Hastings, with support from like-minded anti-ESA members of the House.

July 14, 2014
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region

An environmental group is contending that Wyoming's groundbreaking strategy implemented six years ago to protect critical greater sage grouse habitat has too many loopholes that allow for oil and gas and other development to affect core areas, and must be strengthened if the bird is to survive.

July 10, 2014

The U.S. government should be cautious about adopting the state of Wyoming’s strategy for protecting the greater sage grouse—a grassland bird at the center of a national controversy—conservationists argue in a report scheduled to be released tomorrow.

July 8, 2014
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman

Conservation groups that have been highly critical of federal efforts to protect the imperiled greater sage grouse offered faint praise for a new Forest Service proposal to protect a subpopulation in and around the largest national forest in the continental United States.