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The red wolf (currently recognized as a different species than the gray wolf) once ranged as far north as Pennsylvania and as far west as central Texas. Because of its wide distribution, the red wolf played an important role in a variety of ecosystems, from pocosin lowlands to forested mountains.
The Northern Rockies were once a gray wolf stronghold, but predator removal programs initiated in the 1880s essentially wiped wolves out in the region by the 1930s. Wolves received legal protections with the passage of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973 and started dispersing into northwest Montana from Canada in the 1980s.
Wolves from the north and south historically met, interbred and thrived in the Southern Rockies. Today, appropriate and suitable wolf habitat and prey still abound in this region that includes southern Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, northern New Mexico and Arizona.
Gray wolves are beginning to make a comeback in the Pacific Northwest. Wolves were once found throughout much of the region. But by the early 1900s they were gone, eliminated by shooting, poisoning and trapping. Now wolves from Canada, Idaho and Montana are moving into the area.
Legislative proposals, like Senator Ron Wyden’s to significantly increase logging in the so-called “O&C” federal lands in Oregon will undermine the Northwest Forest Plan, not only in Oregon but in California and Washington as well, establishing a dangerous precedent for the management of federal forests across the country.
An Open Letter to Oregon’s Congressional Delegation and Governor.
This report describes how we identified unreported habitat disturbance under the Texas Habitat Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.
Part I of this report describes how we identified unreported habitat disturbance under the Texas Habitat Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.
Supplement: Habitat Disturbances under the Texas Habitat Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard »
This supplemental presentation illustrates the claims made in "Habitat Disturbances Under the Texas Habitat Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard" using satellite imagery that clearly shows instances of unreported habitat disturbance.
Reasonably Foreseeable Futures: Climate Change Adaptation and the National Environmental Policy Act »
In this paper, Defenders’ experts explore the ways that officials can better incorporate climate change preparation into the National Environmental Policy Act, the most significant piece of federal legislation guiding environmental analysis and decision-making.