Defenders In the News
After the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew out in the Gulf of Mexico some 50 miles from the nearest land, responders were left to cope with a search area of nearly 40,000 square miles, as well as wind and currents that kept evidence of damage away from the more easily searchable coastline.
Projects to benefit the Indian River Lagoon system and Lake Okeechobee could receive more than $230 million in the budget approved by the Florida Legislature. But environmental advocates monitoring the session say measures to protect and restore Florida’s springs and conserve additional public land didn’t fare as well.
A new federal report appears to bolster the long-held position of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and other Western leaders that a federal endangered listing of the greater sage grouse could impede voluntary partnerships with ranchers and other landowners that are viewed as key to restoring the bird and its dwindling habitat.
As a coyote howled in the distance, the rolling, scrubby plains of the Cimarron Bluff Wildlife Management Area in rural Harper County turned into what state biologist Larry Wiemers could only describe as nature’s version of the biker bar.
The long-term survival of a large ground-dwelling bird that lives in sagebrush throughout much of Northern and central Nevada could soon become the next big battle between ranchers and the federal government.
MUNCIE — Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer voted “pro-environment” only 4 percent of the time on the most important environmental legislation of 2013, according to the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). The organization has published a National Environmental Scorecard for every Congress since 1970, the year it was founded by leaders of the environmental movement after the first Earth Day.
Recently a benefit was held in Scottsdale dubbed “Dinner with Wolves.” The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, and many environmental groups want the Mexican wolf returned to what they consider the wild landscape of Arizona. They also want to maintain protections for the Mexican wolf by listing it as “endangered.” Wolves are charismatic, beautiful, and graceful. Their evening howls evoke wonderment in many people. Environmentalists believe that wolves will foster ecosystem diversity and stability.
PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defenders of Wildlife, says the Forest Service has little leeway because of the 1872 federal mining law.
WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the lesser prairie chicken only merits a listing status of threatened despite a drastic population decline.
A decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to place the lesser prairie chicken on its list of threatened species has brought divergent criticism of the announced protection plan, which is set to take effect on May