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A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other peer-reviewed research published this spring indicate that conserving Greater Sage-grouse will require both protecting large areas of habitat and making significant changes in land management to reverse population declines of this wide-ranging species. Federal agencies are currently engaged in an unprecedented, westwide planning process to conserve and restore the species.
Tragically, the killing continues. In the wake of a new proposed rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that would continue to hinder Mexican gray wolf recovery (the subspecies would remain listed, but with limited opportunity for necessary dispersal essential to recovery), Defenders of Wildlife has received news that another of the world’s most endangered wolves has been shot and killed. The incident is under investigation, but the victim, alpha female 1108 (F1108), had been mothering a den of young pups so her pups are also assumed to be dead.
President Obama made a major announcement at Georgetown University today unveiling his new climate change action plan.
Wildlife and the people who care about it can breathe a sigh of relief now that the House has defeated the anti-environmental farm bill produced by the House Agriculture Committee. The bill was an affront to our shared natural resources in numerous ways, not the least of which was a crippling cut of $4.8 billion to voluntary wildlife and soil conservation programs.
Today Senator Baucus and Senator Whitehouse reintroduced the Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment (SAFE) Act.
The Montana Supreme Court today cleared the way for relocations of native bison to new areas of Montana.
Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision last year to cancel its proposal to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act. According to the groups, the FWS violated the Endangered Species Act by relying on a voluntary conservation plan by the state of Texas in which the state maintains that individual agreements with landowners to conserve the lizards’ habitat cannot be made available to the FWS or the public. Moreover, administration of the agreements is overseen by the very oil and gas executives who directly benefit from habitat destruction in the lizards’ habitat.
The Bureau of Land Management released a final Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the effects of the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. SunZia Transmission, LLC, a private company, proposes to construct two 500-kV electric transmission lines across 500 miles from Lincoln County, NM to Pinal County, AZ.
Defenders of Wildlife has launched a radio ad campaign in North Carolina to advocate for wildlife and balanced beach access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to relist the Mexican gray wolf as an endangered subspecies while proposing to remove the Endangered Species Act protection from all other gray wolves throughout the United States. If finalized, gray wolf protection will be at the discretion of individual states, and only Mexican gray wolves will still be protected by the Endangered Species Act.