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The U.S. District Court of D.C. struck down Bush administration regulations yesterday that would have allowed National Fire Plan projects to move forward without consulting the government’s own wildlife experts. Defenders initially challenged the regulations in 2006, arguing that the regulations violated long-standing Endangered Species Act procedures that help protect the environment and imperiled wildlife.
"While the increase comes as good news for these highly endangered animals, the small population of 58 lobos is still extremely vulnerable. Wolves are smart, adaptable animals, but they can’t make it alone. New releases of wolves in Arizona and New Mexico are urgently needed to ensure a healthy population." - Eva Sargent, southwest director, Defenders of Wildlife
Republican leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee today did the bidding of Big Oil once again and voted to open up the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the protected eastern Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Bristol Bay to oil drilling all under the pretext of funding this year’s transportation bill.
The Interior Department is moving to finalize the nation’s first solar energy program for public lands with the closing of the public comment period today.
The Obama administration today proposed a new forest-planning rule that will guide the management of 155 nationals forests and grasslands across the United States.
The National Park Service (NPS) today announced new rules to manage off-road vehicle traffic on beaches so nesting and baby sea turtles and birds as well as pedestrians are protected in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to conservation groups.
“The Keystone Pipeline could seriously affect the health of the water, lands and wildlife in its path and the Obama administration was right to reject it because Congress did provide adequate time to fully review these impacts."
Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar today announced the creation of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in an effort to preserve the community’s ranching heritage and conserve the headwaters and fish and wildlife of the Everglades.
Defenders of Wildlife mourns the passing of David Gaillard. Dave was buried in an avalanche Saturday afternoon while cross-country skiing near Pilot Peak in the Shoshone National Forest south of Cooke City, Montana.
A lone dispersing wolf from Oregon, known as OR7, has crossed the border into northern California.