Defenders In the News
Defenders of Wildlife and the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance are asking U.S. District Court Judge James Soto to void permission granted to Regal Resources Inc. by the U.S. Forest Service to drill exploratory bore holes up to 6,500 feet deep in the Alum Gulch area. The groups contend the federal agency violated federal laws and regulations by authorizing what has been called the Sunnyside Project.
Seen from the air, the Ivanpah solar project is both breathtaking and terrifying. In a valley just north of Interstate 15, near the Nevada border, close to 350,000 mirrors reflect sunlight toward three massive towers, which glow impossibly bright as they convert that sunlight into energy.
Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan for the state to raise and release lesser prairie chickens didn’t help his argument that Kansas should be trusted to protect the threatened species. It’s hard to be taken seriously when scientists are laughing. The plan, which Brownback announced last week, was quickly dismissed and mocked by biologists. And for good reason.
Research into nonlethal wolf control measures received a boost in Idaho with a $10,000 grant awarded to Defenders of Wildlife. The nonprofit conservation organization, which focuses on wolves, is putting the money--from the Christine Stevens Wildlife Award of the Animal Welfare Institute--toward a research project into a technology called "foxlights."
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came to the Mojave Desert this September to announce a multi-agency effort to boost renewable energy development in the desert. But first, she had to go on a hike. “We went out into the Big Morongo (Canyon) Preserve,” she told reporters. “Fifteen, 20 minutes from here, there are wetlands. Wetlands, and 254 different bird species. Who knew?”
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came to California's Mojave Desert this September to announce a multi-agency effort to boost renewable energy development in the desert. But first, she had to go on a hike.
In what is reported to be the first "depredation event" of the season, this morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that two sheep were confirmed to be killed by wolves in the mountains east of Ketchum.
The draft of a sweeping new plan to guide renewable energy development in the Southern California desert has met with mostly positive reviews from conservation groups that have long argued that properly siting commercial-scale projects should be a priority.
Wyoming wolves are back under federal projection after a ruling Tuesday by a federal judge in Washington, D.C. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Tuesday rejected a Wyoming wolf-management plan that had declared wolves unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most of the state. Her ruling sided with national environmental groups that had argued Wyoming’s management plan afforded insufficient protection for wolves.
Conservation groups plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore Endangered Species Act protections for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl, which the agency delisted in 2006.