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December 28th marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), our nation’s landmark wildlife conservation law. Despite decades of success and many species saved from extinction, today the ESA is threatened by new and accelerating political threats to significantly undermine or weaken it and the potent spread of misinformation about its effectiveness.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Ron Wyden today introduced a logging bill that, in its current form, would bulldoze bedrock environmental laws to pave the way for dramatic increases in logging. The bill would affect management of over two million acres of federal forest lands in Oregon known as the Oregon & California, or, “O&C,” lands.
The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized a rule to set permanent protections for endangered whales from ship strikes.
Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act—our nation’s a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) said today it would allow industries to apply for and receive 30-year permits for the unintentional killing or wounding — or “incidental take” — of bald and golden eagles. Primary beneficiaries of this rule would be large renewable energy, utility and infrastructure developers.
More than 70 participants representing 28 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Recife, Brazil, from 2 to 4 December to participate in a workshop focused on the implementation of new measures for international trade of five shark species, adopted by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Cape Town, South Africa. November 25, 2013. Fishing nations at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) failed to reach consensus on several shark conservation proposals, including European Union (EU) bids to establish catch limits for shortfin makos and to prohibit retention of porbeagles. A multi-national effort to strengthen the ICCAT ban on shark finning (slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the body at sea) was also defeated, yet gained support from a considerable number of ICCAT member countries during the meeting.
Washington, D.C. (November 22, 2013) —“The Obama Administration is right to support the Conservation Compliance program in the Farm Bill. Linking crop insurance to conservation compliance provides crucial protections for our native wetlands and grasslands, while providing an important safety net for America’s Farmers. Conservation compliance benefits America’s wildlife and watersheds and ensures the ongoing productivity of our working lands.”
Defenders of Wildlife Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs Don Barry will present Representative John Dingell with an honorary award on behalf of the ESA Coalition for the critical role that he played in securing the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is scheduled to crush six tons of illegally confiscated ivory on November 14, 2013 at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, CO.