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  • Wolf numbers continue to grow

    04/14/2007 7:32:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies · 1,814+ views
    Billings Gazette ^ | March 20, 2007 | MIKE STARK
    There are now at least 1,300 wolves prowling Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, far more than anyone imagined when the species was reintroduced in the Northern Rockies 12 years ago. The wolf population has, on average, grown by about 26 percent a year for the past decade. The latest estimates, which summarize counts completed at the end of 2006, show they aren't slowing down. "I keep thinking we're at the top end of the bubble," said Ed Bangs, wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "I can't see that there's room for any more, but we'll see." As...
  • Endangered Rabbits Returned to Wild, Quickly Eaten

    04/12/2007 6:06:40 PM PDT · by Ptarmigan · 29 replies · 631+ views
    FOX News ^ | April 12, 2007
    EPHRATA, Wash. — Most of a group of 20 endangered rabbits that were reintroduced to the wild with great fanfare last month have been killed by predators, state officials said. Only four of the rabbits released on March 13 remained at the Sagebrush Flat Wildlife Area as of Tuesday, said David Hays, pygmy rabbit coordinator for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Hays said two males were removed earlier this month and will be returned at the end of April. The other 14 rabbits are believed to have fallen victim to predators, mainly coyotes, but also hawks and owls,...
  • Protecting Rice: The Planet's Most Important Food Source

    03/21/2007 5:20:19 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 456+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-21-2007 | International Rice Research Instutute
    Source: International Rice Research Institute Date: March 21, 2007 Protecting Rice: The Planet's Most Important Food Source Science Daily An unprecedented new agreement --part of an aggressive move to safeguard the world's food production - aims to protect thousands of the world's unique rice varieties. The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Rome-based Global Crop Diversity Trust announced the historic new agreement at a special dedication ceremony at IRRI's Genetic Resources Center, which houses more than 100,000 samples of rice, the biggest and most important such collection in the world. The funding agreement is expected to help conserve...
  • CA: Endangered shrimp delaying new school (endangered fairy shrimp found in vernal pools)

    03/04/2007 2:32:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 471+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/4/07 | Helen Gao
    SAN DIEGO When the Stevens family bought a house in Mira Mesa in 1980, they were told an elementary school would be built in their neighborhood on land set aside by housing developer Pardee Homes. More than two decades later, the site sits vacant. And Mira Mesa residents are unlikely to see a school until the end of the decade, even though the San Diego Unified School District had promised to build one as part of its $1.51 billion construction program funded by a 1998 bond measure. Jonas Salk Elementary School was supposed to open off Parkdale Avenue and...
  • Comments sought on eastern cougar

    02/28/2007 2:46:30 PM PST · by girlangler · 10 replies · 892+ views
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ^ | 2/28/07 | news release
    Comments sought on eastern cougar Catamount, puma, painter, panther, mountain lion are just some of the names given to a large but elusive will-o-the-wisp cat that once haunted . . . or perhaps still haunts . . . the forests of the eastern United States and Canada. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is beginning a review of scientific and commercial information to determine the status of the endangered eastern cougar, the first review the Service has done since publishing a recovery plan in 1982. The Service placed the eastern cougar on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in...
  • Interior Department Approves 56 U.S. States Plans to Keep Species from Becoming Endangered

    02/16/2007 10:46:46 AM PST · by girlangler · 6 replies · 368+ views
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ^ | 2/16/2007 | news release
    Interior Department Approves Plans by 56 U.S. States and Territories to Keep Species from Becoming Endangered Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved wildlife action plans for all 56 states and territories, marking the final phase of an important step in conservation history. For the first time ever, all state and territorial fish and Wildlife agencies have established comprehensive conservation plans that, together, provide a nationwide blueprint of actions to conserve imperiled species and prevent them from becoming threatened or endangered. "The states possess a wealth of knowledge about the conservation issues...
  • Endangered Crane Survives Florida Storm (1)

    02/04/2007 8:09:48 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 531+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-5-2007 | Carrie Antlfinger
    Endangered Crane Survives Florida Storms Monday February 5, 2007 2:01 AM By CARRIE ANTLFINGER Associated Press Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) - A whooping crane was spotted alive on Sunday after it was believed killed with 17 others in severe Florida storms, according to an organizer of a migratory project. Organizers received a signal from a transmitter on the young male crane on Saturday night and again on Sunday near where the endangered birds were kept in Citrus County, Fla. Later Sunday, they saw the survivor with two sandhill cranes, said Rachel Levin, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....
  • Global warming threatens polar bears [ESA listing as "threatened" to be announced]

    12/27/2006 9:26:31 AM PST · by cogitator · 31 replies · 765+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | 12/27/2006 | John Heilprin
    WASHINGTON Polar bears are in deep trouble because of global warming and other factors and deserve federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the Bush administration is proposing Wednesday. Pollution and overhunting also threaten their existence. Greenland and Norway have the most polar bears, but almost 5,000 live mainly in Alaska and travel to Canada and Russia. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne plans to announce later Wednesday that polar bears should be listed as a "threatened'' species on the government list of imperiled species, a department official confirmed Wednesday. The "endangered" category is reserved for species more likely to become...
  • Aspen tells skiers sport may be doomed ( Wacko Global Warming )

    09/22/2006 11:43:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 75 replies · 1,596+ views
    Vail Daily ^ | September 22, 2006 | Scott Condon
    In new ads, ski company says global warming could dry up snow during the next century... The Aspen Skiing Co. hopes potential customers are ready for a snow job. On Wednesday, the company unveiled a new advertising campaign for the 2006-07 season that centers around the message that snow and skiing will disappear around 2100 if humans dont take drastic action to slow global warming. Three full-page ads, which show a melting snowflake imposed over Highland Bowl, will run in SKI and Outside magazines in the next few months. One ad portrays a certificate of death for snow....
  • Fort, center settle suit on bio pact (Ft Huachuca vs. Center for Bio-Diversity)

    09/20/2006 4:21:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 309+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA A federal judge has approved a lawsuit settlement in which the post and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will renegotiate a biological opinion. Fort Huachucas proactive decision to re-initiate consultation was instrumental in the Center for Biological Diversity and the Army agreeing to settle the lawsuit involving activities at Fort Huachuca and the impact of these activities on the San Pedro River basin, post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Tuesday. Jeff Humphrey, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman in Phoenix, said the settlement was signed Friday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson, who is assigned to...
  • Planting Evidence? The discovery of a protected herb sparks accusations of sabotage

    07/19/2006 7:17:58 AM PDT · by oxcart · 45 replies · 1,345+ views
    AP via The Winston-Salem Journal ^ | 07/19/2006 | Unknown
    SEBASTOPOL, Calif. Did someone in this wine-country town illegally plant an endangered flower to sabotage a proposed housing development? That is the question at the center of a quarrel that some here have dubbed "Foamgate." Bob Evans, a 72-year-old retired elementary-school principal, said he was walking with his dog last year when he came upon the tiny white flowers of Sebastopol meadowfoam poking from shallow pools of water in a grassy field. The former bean farm happens to be the site chosen for the 20-acre Laguna Vista housing development. Evans and other opponents seized on the discovery of meadowfoam, a...
  • Endangered flowers trigger fight over California housing project (another plant of a "plant"?)

    07/08/2006 1:02:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 2,135+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/8/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    Did residents of this idyllic wine country town illegally plant an endangered flower to sabotage a proposed housing development? That's the question at the heart of a quarrel folks here have dubbed "Foamgate." Bob Evans, a 72-year-old retired elementary school principal, says he was walking with his dog last year when he came upon the tiny white flowers of Sebastopol meadowfoam poking from shallow pools of water in a grassy field. The former bean farm happens to be the chosen site of the 20-acre Laguna Vista housing development. Evans and other opponents seized on the discovery of the federally protected...
  • Feds reject petition to list California spotted owl as endangered

    05/23/2006 8:56:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 406+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/23/06 | Juliana Barbassa - ap
    FRESNO The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday rejected a petition to list the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act, saying the population is stable and programs that prevent forest wildfires will allow it to thrive. The decision rankled the environmental groups that had requested protection of the speckled, football-sized owl. This was their second effort to list the bird in three years. The petition's denial was based in part on the recommendation of scientists commissioned to study the owl, said Steve Thompson, manager of the agency's California-Nevada operations office. They found that fires that creep...
  • Birders Find No New Evidence of Woodpecker (Public Access Can't Be Denied)

    05/22/2006 6:35:26 AM PDT · by girlangler · 23 replies · 665+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 5/18/06 | ANNIE BERGMAN
    Birders Find No New Evidence of Woodpecker By ANNIE BERGMAN Associated Press Writer 2006 The Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. With news Thursday that search teams had found no new confirmation of the ivory-billed woodpecker's existence in the swamps of eastern Arkansas, wildlife managers said there was no longer a reason to limit public access to the region. "Based on the information coming from the search and research that we have done, I feel there is no need any longer to limit public use within this area," said Dennis Widner, manager of the Cache River Wildlife Management Area...
  • Ultimate "Guest Worker" Program

    05/17/2006 3:19:08 PM PDT · by tomzz · 6 replies · 431+ views
    self | 5/17/06 | self
    According to the Bush administration and the US senate, we need guest workers in this country, presumably to do the heavy lifting which Americans are no longer capable of. I've got an idea for a sort of an ultimate version of something like that... According to everything I read, gorillas in the wild are in danger of outright extinction, mainly due to human encroachment on teritories. Also from most of what I read, gorillas are basically bright, and very easy to get along with, as compared to chimps which should be regarded as dangerous. According to some of what I...
  • Ranchers say weights have declined since wolf reintroduction ( Middle class under attack )

    05/05/2006 7:46:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 94 replies · 1,912+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2006 | Jim Knight
    Cattle ranchers in the Paradise Valley say shipping weights have declined since wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995. They say their cattle stay close to gates instead of grazing entire pastures. Wary animals tend to eat less than relaxed animals.
  • De-prioritizing people

    03/28/2006 6:43:10 AM PST · by serendipity_kate · 1 replies · 471+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 28 March 2006 | Jennifer Biddison
    Part of the problem is that the people who decide national policy are headquartered in Washington, D.C., where large plots of private property are rare. Those of us who live in urban or suburban areas imagine endangered species protection to be as simple as being kind to blue whales, grizzly bears and bald eagles. We dont stop to consider the dilemmas facing people thousands of miles away from us. Bill Snape, Chairman of the Endangered Species Coalition, is an example of one who lives in either ignorance or denial. There just arent private landowners that I can identify where the...
  • Endangered Species Act critic finds himself in crosshairs(rights of property owners)

    03/26/2006 5:37:04 AM PST · by cope85 · 13 replies · 840+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, March 26, 2006 | ERICA WERNER
    Endangered Species Act critic finds himself in crosshairs By ERICA WERNER Associated Press writer Sunday, March 26, 2006 TRACY, Calif. -- Republican U.S. Rep. Richard Pombo likes animals, just as long as obscure species aren't dictating what happens to the land. Bidding for his 12th term in Congress, the cowboy-booted Pombo, a Californian who raises cattle on the family ranch, wants to rewrite the 1973 Endangered Species Act to dramatically expand the rights of property owners. And as chairman of the House Resources Committee, he is closing in on that longtime goal. That has made him a prime target for...
  • Worried Wood Turtles Win

    12/30/2005 6:38:01 AM PST · by GreenFreeper · 12 replies · 828+ views
    Madison: The shy, retiring, and threatened Wood Turtle [Glyptemys insculpta], easily overlooked and facing an uncertain future as its habitat is developed, appears to have driven a stake into the heart of plans by Chatham Borough and Chatham Township to develop two playing fields on the Woodland Park property off Woodland Road, adjacent to the Independence Court neighborhood in Madison. In a long-awaited decision released Monday, December 12th, the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) classified a portion of the site as "exceptional" wetlands for their habitat value, requiring a 150-foot buffer from any development, and effectively blocking the plan...
  • Hunters helped save rare bird from extinction

    12/13/2005 9:21:18 AM PST · by Rio · 42 replies · 1,063+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 12/13/2005 | Deborah Zabarenko
    A hunting lodge with antler chandeliers and stuffed ducks on the walls seems a strange place to celebrate the comeback of the ivory-billed woodpecker, but wildlife officials are doing exactly that. They credit hunters in particular with helping bring the rare bird back from presumed extinction in the Big Woods section of Arkansas. "The people of Arkansas, the hunting and fishing community, conserved these woods," Scott Simon of The Nature Conservancy told reporters on Monday at the Mallard Pointe Lodge, where a coalition of environmentalists, academics and wildlife officials rejoiced in woodpecker's return to the living. Simon said hunters and...
  • Habitats May Shrink by Leaps, Bounds (Endangered Species Act Alert)

    11/04/2005 2:28:00 PM PST · by GreenFreeper · 18 replies · 487+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | Nov. 4, 2005 | Janet Wilson
    A century and a half ago, California's red-legged frog graced the menus of gourmet restaurants in San Francisco and helped launch a young American writer named Mark Twain, who immortalized the leaping Gold Rush wonder in his first published short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." Humans have not repaid the favor since, gobbling up not just the long-legged amphibian but nearly all of its wetland habitat for crops and homes, threatening it with extinction. On Thursday, as part of a continued, far-reaching rollback of protected landscapes for scores of imperiled species around the country, federal officials proposed...
  • Endangered Species Act rewrite passed by House

    09/29/2005 4:42:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 3,598+ views
    ap on San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 9/29/05 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON The House on Thursday passed legislation that could greatly expand private property rights under the environmental law that is credited with helping keep the bald eagle from extinction but also has provoked bitter fighting. By a vote of 229-193, lawmakers approved a top-to-bottom overhaul of the 1973 Endangered Species Act, perhaps the nation's most powerful environmental law. The law has led to contentious battles over species such as the spotted owl, the snail darter and the red-legged frog. The rewrite faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Republican Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, head of the panel...
  • Endangered Plants Focus of New Study

    09/03/2005 4:38:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 505+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/3/05 | betsy Taylor - ap
    ST. LOUIS - A network of botanical institutions is launching an unprecendented study of endangered native U.S. plants to determine their potential for recovery and in hopes of preventing their disappearance. Those plants range from the Western lily to the Tennessee coneflower, says the Center for Plant Conservation. The center, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization comprising more than 30 botanical organizations around the country, was founded in 1984 to stop the extinction of native plants. Center officials said an analysis of this scale has never been performed before at a national level. The center estimates that about 2,000 U.S....
  • Judge declares Calif salamander endangered in two counties (Santa Barbara and Sonoma)

    08/19/2005 5:31:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 570+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge here on Friday declared the California tiger salamander an endangered species in Santa Barbara and Sonoma counties. The decision by U.S. District Judge William Alsup, if it survives, might postpone, preclude or make it costlier to develop thousands of acres in the two counties. The species is already listed as threatened across the state, meaning some development restrictions exist in its habitat surrounding certain wetlands and other areas. Under Friday's decision, however, restrictions could be bolstered. The ruling does not become law for more than a month to allow for appeals. "We do...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Ten Most Harmful Government Programs

    07/29/2005 9:27:09 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 28 replies · 1,664+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | July 29, 2005 | Human Events
    A panel of 36 distinguished public policy experts and scholarsranging from Nobel laureate Milton Friedman to Eagle Forum President Phyllis Schlafly to former House Majority Leader Dick Armeyhas selected the Internal Revenue Code as the No. 1 item on this years Human Events list of the Ten Most Harmful Government Programs. The programs elected by our judges dont just cost money, they also attack our values and corrode the spirit of liberty that makes America the greatest nation. As in previous years, we initially asked our judges to nominate programs for the list. The judges were then sent ballots listing...
  • Group Aims to Save Rattlesnakes in New York Park

    07/22/2005 10:42:25 AM PDT · by GreenFreeper · 64 replies · 3,677+ views
    Group Aims to Save Rattlesnakes in New York Park Westport, New York: The ponytailed environmentalist hiked down the ridge, over the gray rocks and matted brown leaves, stopped among the hardwoods, and said, "Right down the side, it's prime country here." The warm, southeast-facing rock cliffs overlooking Lake Champlain mark the northern limit of the Timber Rattlesnake's habitat. Jaime Ethier, in boots and jeans, was bushwhacking from Champlain Palisades down to the pebbled shores of the lake - through terrain where he wouldn't see a coiled dark snake unless he nearly stepped on it. The Adirondack Council conservation director appeared...
  • Preserve for Endangered Fly Dedicated

    06/28/2005 10:20:31 AM PDT · by goron · 24 replies · 633+ views
    Press Engerprise ^ | Jennifer Bowles
    Preserve for endangered fly dedicated COLTON: A 150-acre field is set aside to help remove a barrier to building projects. 01:47 AM PDT on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 By JENNIFER BOWLES / The Press-Enterprise Calling it the wave of the future for endangered species protections, federal wildlife officials on Monday helped dedicate a 150-acre field in Colton as a permanent preserve for an endangered fly. Some developers who have been stymied by protections for the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly will buy credits to help manage the preserve so their projects can go forward. It is the first conservation bank for...
  • Beetle stalls erosion control along bay - Republicans push to overhaul Endangered Species Act

    06/28/2005 1:23:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 46 replies · 1,237+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 28, 2005 | Tom Pelton
    GROVE POINT - Jim Twohy's waterfront home might soon tumble into the Chesapeake Bay from atop a 60-foot cliff. He wants to build a wall to save the house, but some meddlesome neighbors are standing in the way. The neighbors are puritan tiger beetles, a threatened species half an inch long. To protect the bugs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to stop construction of a rock barrier that Twohy and his civic association say is necessary to prevent a half-dozen houses from toppling into the water. Although Twohy had never heard of the beetle until he applied...
  • Grey Davis' Mess

    06/24/2005 1:35:48 PM PDT · by Mom of Two Soldiers · 5 replies · 810+ views
    Modoc County Record ^ | 6/22/05 | Mom of Two Soldiers
    West Valley hydro plan creates problems Distraught residents and landowners made emotional statements and fired critical questions during two intense scoping meetings held at the Likely fire hall last week, voicing their opposition to the proposed hydroelectric power project in West Valley, east of Likely on the South Fork of the Pit River Federal Energy Resource Commission (FERC) staff members conducted the meetings to gather public opinion regarding the future project. As proposed, the project would consist of two small hydroelectric turbine generators, one located near the West Valley Reservoir dam and the other near the Jess Valley highway at...
  • Group Calls for End to the Endangered Species Act's "Reign of Terror"

    06/23/2005 9:24:26 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 32 replies · 632+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, June 23, 2005 | Peyton Knight
    Washington, D.C.In a letter to House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-CA), the American Policy Center (APC) and over 50 public policy groups called for an end to the federal governments unconstitutional practice of taking land and property rights under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Chairman Pombo plans to make reauthorizing the ESA a priority of the current Congress. "There are some who claim that the Act needs to be strengthened, updated, or modernized," said APC president Tom DeWeese. "How absurd. For three decades this law has done nothing but steal property, destroy economies, shatter livelihoods, cost billions of dollars,...
  • Thriving Bald Eagles May Lose Protection [Pennsylvania]

    06/18/2005 6:38:16 PM PDT · by Brian328i · 26 replies · 831+ views
    news.ask.com [AP] ^ | Jun 17, 10:50 PM (ET) | MARK SCOLFORO
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The population of bald eagles has rebounded so dramatically in Pennsylvania that the species may soon be moved off the state's endangered list and accorded the less serious status of a threatened species. The state was down to three nesting pairs by 1980, all in Crawford County, but the nesting population currently numbers at least 92 pairs and their range extends to about one-third of Pennsylvania's 67 counties. The Pennsylvania Game Commission will consider the change of status later this month, along with proposals to add two birds to the endangered list and move three from...
  • Investigators offer reward in steelhead killings

    05/11/2005 1:50:08 PM PDT · by freebilly · 80 replies · 865+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | By BRIAN SEALS
    DAVENPORT Almost two months after a dozen fish were killed at a Davenport hatchery, federal investigators are looking for a break in the case. NOAA Fisheries investigators are offering $5,000 for information about the mid-March killing of the steelhead at the hatchery operated by the Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project "If we crack it, it will be because of public input," NOAA Fisheries Agent Joe Giordano. "We just havent had much luck." Investigators said a freshwater tank had been tainted with chlorine. The dead fish were discovered during a routine check of the tank. Steelhead in Central California...
  • Panther 1; People 0

    05/03/2005 9:41:09 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 24 replies · 936+ views
    CFP ^ | May 3, 2005 | Henry Lamb
    Its wrong! Its just plain wrong for the federal government to force private land owners to not only allow government panthers to roam on private property, but to let the panthers feast on the landowners pets. The Third Amendment forbids government from "quartering" soldiers on private property without the owners consent; panthers, however, and other so-called "endangered species" must be quartered and fed by the landowner - without his consent. Jack and David Shealys petting zoo at their campground near Ochopee, Florida became a buffet table for a radio-collared panther released in the area by the Game Commission. Night after...
  • Urban Sprawl and Water Problems

    04/13/2005 7:19:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 2 replies · 246+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 13 Apr 05 | Jerd Smith
    Fraser River in jeopardy Group puts stream on endangered list, cites big diversions By Jerd Smith, Rocky Mountain News April 13, 2005 Colorado's scenic Fraser River in Grand County has been listed as one of the country's 10 most endangered streams, largely because diversions to the Front Range are threatening its ability to
  • Shy salamander has developers on tenterhooks (Santa Rosa, Calif.)

    02/18/2005 10:29:25 AM PST · by TenaciousZ · 20 replies · 741+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 02/18/2005 | Jim Doyle
    Ambystoma californiense, the California tiger salamander, has found success where die-hard environmentalists have failed: The lowly reptile has single-handedly slowed down Sonoma County's relentless growth. The reclusive, rarely seen creature has been credited with -- or blamed for -- delaying a dozen major construction projects on the Santa Rosa plain. It has stalled everything from new housing subdivisions and a shopping mall to a Santa Rosa elementary school. ... Conservationists have championed such issues to slow growth in their county, but no issue has matched the salamander's record for halting development. The salamander, builders say, has put on hold the...
  • Endangered Status Sought for Polar Bears

    02/17/2005 10:59:20 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 1,475+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/17/05 | Miguel Bustillo
    The polar bear, an icon of the great white north, is in peril, its icy home melting beneath its paws, an environmental group argued Wednesday in formally petitioning the Bush administration to grant the animals protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, which made the plea on the day the Kyoto Protocol to address global warming went into effect without the United States, said it did not believe the Bush administration would agree with its 154-page argument. But by drawing attention to the condition of polar bears, it hoped to expand public awareness of the potentially...
  • Call to Save the Snakehead Takes Aim at Federal Policymakers

    02/13/2005 12:34:37 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 15 replies · 980+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 13, 2005 | Joshua Partlow
    Gardner, a Republican county commissioner from Utah, wants the snakehead off the most-wanted list and on the endangered species list. With officials from 12 other Western states, he has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to save the snakehead. When the Asian import surfaced in Crofton in 2002, the pond was poisoned. Potomac River fishermen have instructions to kill all snakeheads on sight. U.S. Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton once called the fish "something from a bad horror movie." But why does Gardner, who lives in a sun-baked corner of southwest Utah, 2,300 miles from the Potomac, care about...
  • CA: Lawmakers announce new push to change Endangered Species Act

    02/10/2005 5:32:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 506+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/10/05 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Four leading GOP House members and senators announced a joint effort Thursday to rewrite the Endangered Species Act to toughen up habitat and scientific provisions. Environmentalists immediately criticized the plan as the latest attempt to gut the landmark law. The lawmakers said it was the first time members of the House and Senate had banded together at the beginning of a congressional session to amend the 1973 act. Previous attempts to change the law have failed, but they said this time they hoped to produce a single Endangered Species Act reauthorization bill that could be introduced in...
  • CA: Records show Interior aide assisted endangered species challenge

    12/19/2004 2:32:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 334+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/19/04 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO - A series of e-mails and telephone calls related to two high-profile environmental decisions in California has prompted criticism that business interests may be gaining too much influence over the U.S. Interior Department. According to court records, Deputy Assistant Interior Secretary Julie MacDonald tried to change scientific recommendations related to protecting wetland species and endangered fish. In the first instance, the correspondence was between MacDonald, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service managers and the California Farm Bureau Federation in April. A month later, the federation used the information to back a federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C., seeking to overturn the...
  • Western governors call for reform of Endangered Species Act

    12/03/2004 6:50:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,577+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/3/04 | Seth Hettena - AP
    SAN DIEGO (AP) - Several Western governors called Friday for a reform of the federal Endangered Species Act that would promote conservation while giving states a greater say in how their lands are managed. "What I believe is we want to recover the species," said Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, a Republican. "Let's not use the act as a way to try to manage private and public properties. Let's use the act to help us learn how to recover the species." The 18 states that make up the Western Governors Association, which opened its winter meeting in San Diego Friday, say...
  • Pombo wants Schwarzenegger, other govs to help change Endangered Species Act

    12/01/2004 9:39:14 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 488+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/1/04 | Erica Werner - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The California rancher and congressman whose committee oversees environmental policy wants to enlist some home-state muscle in his campaign to rewrite the Endangered Species Act. House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Calif., said he'll seek backing for his legislative efforts from Arnold Schwarzenegger and other Western state governors during a meeting this weekend of the Western Governors' Association. "I think that having the governor on board is critical for a lot of different reasons, particularly the impact that the act has had on California, and I think he also helps influence a lot of people," Pombo said...
  • CA: Conservative legal group challenges endangered species protection (Pacific Legal Foundation)

    11/16/2004 9:06:24 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Monterey Herald ^ | 11/16/04 | Brian Melley - AP
    SACRAMENTO - A conservative legal group has threatened to sue the federal government over its plans to protect four dozen endangered species in California ranging from peninsular bighorn sheep to the tiny robust spineflower. The Pacific Legal Foundation notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service on Monday that it would file suit in 60 days, claiming the agencies failed to meet requirements of the Endangered Species Act when they set out to protect 16 animal and 32 plant species. Advance notice is required before filing endangered species lawsuits. Based on a favorable ruling in U.S....
  • Seneca officials wont pay to study bats: Supervisors discuss canal trail, flying mammals

    11/12/2004 12:36:54 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies · 446+ views
    Fingerlakes Times ^ | Friday, November 12, 2004 | By DENISE M. CHAMPAGNE
    WATERLOO NY Theyre not in the belfry and may not even be along the proposed canal trail, but a few flying mammals have the Seneca County Board of Supervisors going a tad batty. Members agreed Tuesday, in a split decision, not to spend up to $5,000 for engineers to identify endangered Indiana bat habitats and wetlands as an unanticipated part of a contract with Clough Harbour & Associates engineering firm to design the trail from Geneva to the village of Waterloo. The trail, still in the beginning stages, would run along an old railroad bed on the south side...
  • Legislators seek changes to Endangered Species Act (KLAMATH FALLS)

    07/19/2004 6:18:03 PM PDT · by take · 21 replies · 721+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2004 | JEFF BARNARD
    Legislators seek changes to Endangered Species Act KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A House subcommittee looking for ways to change the Endangered Species Act came to the Klamath Basin on Saturday, where irrigation water was cut off to 1,400 farms in 2001 to conserve water for threatened and endangered fish. "In 30 years, only seven species of 1,300 listed have been recovered, and those are mainly due to other conservation laws," said Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif., chairman of the House Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power. "At the same time, communities across the West are stopped cold in their tracks...
  • Oppose HR 4200--the "Liberals Hate Conservatives" law (call Congress at 202-224-3121)

    06/26/2004 10:10:09 AM PDT · by Liz · 97 replies · 1,373+ views
    Research | 6/26/04
    The U.S. Senate has passed the controversial "hate crimes" bill that could now lead to the criminalization of Christian beliefs and practices. That means the next step for this legislation is the House, and its imperative that Christians contact their representatives urging them not to support such legislation. The House defense authorization bill is H.R. 4200. Make sure your representative knows that you do not support any and all hate crimes amendment to H.R. 4200. The outrageous passage of this legislation -- called the "Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act" and passed as an amendment to a defense bill --...
  • Salamander endangers education, threatens property rights

    06/17/2004 10:06:43 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 60 replies · 561+ views
    Freedom 21 Santa Cruz ^ | Jun 15, 2004 | Brent Duncan
    long-toed salamander is threatening to devour a $24 million school construction project and may also consume the property rights of many residents in this rural community on the Monterey Bay. No, this isn't the plot of another far-fetched disaster movie by the UFO-logists who brought us "A Day After Tomorrow". It is, however, becoming an increasingly common theme played out in communities around the nation, courtesy of eco-litigators backed by the Endangered Species Act. The Aptos Salamander situation not only provides a new perspective on the endangered-education angle, it is helping local residents recognize that the cost of eco-indulgence may...
  • Snowy Plovers Soon to Close Oregon Beaches

    05/25/2004 6:09:54 AM PDT · by Mr.Atos · 34 replies · 293+ views
    Oregon State Parks ^ | NA | DepartMent Administration
    Oregons beaches are for everyone. Those lucky enough to live here point to them with pride. We tell the story of how forward-thinking Oregonians have kept the beaches in public hands, safe from private ownership and development. That took planning, debate and consensus. We need those same skills now that we're faced with a challenge: protecting the western snowy plover (a threatened bird covered by state and federal Endangered Species laws) and allowing people to continue to use the beach. Snowy plovers and beach recreation For nearly two years, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has been collecting information, holding...
  • Habitat help proposed for famous frog(proves the Endangered Species Act needs to be overhauled)

    04/14/2004 6:38:51 PM PDT · by RickGolden · 16 replies · 242+ views
    http://www.recordnet.com/daily/news/articles/041404-gn-3.php ^ | Wednesday, April 14, 2004 | Francis P. Garland
    Habitat help proposed for famous frog If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's latest attempt to designate critical habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog looks familiar, it should. With only a few exceptions, it's the same proposal put forth three years ago and then found legally deficient, for the most part, a year later. This time, however, San Joaquin County has been excluded from the 4.1 million acre proposal. Federal officials say San Joaquin County's Multi-Species Habitat Conservation & Open Space Plan, designed to preserve habitat for a variety of species including those at risk for extinction, will adequately...
  • Wyoming Wants Endangered Mouse Delisted

    04/10/2004 10:36:53 AM PDT · by oneonly · 15 replies · 145+ views
    Wyoming Wants Endangered Mouse Delisted CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Gov. Dave Freudenthal says some members of a scientific panel that will review Wyoming's petition to remove the Preble's meadow jumping mouse from the threatened species list supported the decision to list the species in the first place. But Freudenthal is praising the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for at least considering the state's petition. "Fish and Wildlife has done the right thing so far in agreeing to at least consider delisting the mouse," Freudenthal said Wednesday. "I would hate to see that process derailed before it even begins by a decision...
  • Feds ban commercial swordfish fishing in Pacific to save turtles

    03/12/2004 10:12:28 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 11 replies · 212+ views
    AP via San Diego Union Tribune ^ | March 12, 2004 | Terence Chea
    SAN FRANCISCO The federal government banned commercial fishing for swordfish in a large swath of the Pacific Ocean in order to protect endangered sea turtles that were being killed or injured by the hooks. The new rules, released Thursday by the National Marine Fisheries Service, mean that longline fishing for swordfish will be prohibited in a 1,600-mile stretch of the Pacific Ocean between the West Coast and Hawaii. The ban is scheduled to take effect on April 12 and will affect about two dozen fishing boats based in California, Oregon and Washington. Recreational fishing is not affected. "It's an...