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  • Utah to BLM: Rein in your cops

    10/23/2014 5:30:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Oct 03 2014 | BRIAN MAFFLY
    Public Enemy No. 1 for rural Utah sheriffs just happens to be a fellow peace officer: Dan Love, the Bureau of Land Management’s special agent in charge. Elected law enforcement officers from Nephi to Blanding call him an arrogant and dishonest bully who has little regard for local authority and dodges accountability, derailing a collaborative approach to police work on the state’s federal lands. Love reportedly just laughed when Garfield County Sheriff James "Danny" Perkins relayed ranchers’ complaints about federal officers removing plastic feed tubs from the range and threatening the ranchers with litter citations. He drew early controversy during...
  • Utah congressmen cry foul over yellow-billed cuckoo protections ( UN Agenda 21 )

    10/08/2014 9:12:14 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 7 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Two Utah congressmen say the public needs more time to weigh in on a "sweeping" proposal to designate more than a half-million acres as critical habitat for the Western yellow-billed cuckoo. Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Chris Stewart are among 17 members of Congress who urged U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe to extend the comment period on the designation beyond Oct. 14. "While we oppose this listing proposal, we find it completely unacceptable that the (agency) has proposed only 60 days of public comment with no public hearings, effectively shutting out meaningful comment on a sweeping critical...
  • ( DC ) Judge Reinstates Protections for Wyoming Wolves

    09/24/2014 7:01:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement Tuesday saying that he expects the state to seek a stay of Jackson’s decision. He said the state will seek an emergency rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service to allow continued state wolf management. ... Wyoming took over wolf management in late 2012 after the federal government ruled that wolves no longer needed protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • Comment Period for USFWS Proposed Peninsula Bear Hunting Closure Ends [Alaska]

    08/30/2014 9:47:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Alaska Native News ^ | Aug 28, 2014
    With the public hearing in Soldotna last night, the public comment period on the proposal to close the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Brown Bear hunting season on the Kenai Peninsula comes to an end. In a release yesterday, the Governor’s office said, “Federal land managers have again proposed limiting Alaskans’ access to a state resource, the proposed closure is not justified by either resource protection concerns or federal policy. I strongly urge the Service to reconsider this action and allow state-authorized hunting to continue on the refuge.” ... The decision to temporarily close the Brown Bear season on the...
  • Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    08/29/2014 3:22:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 5:09 AM EDT | Jennifer Kay
    As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles. They noted the pink scars and disfigured tail on one manatee, damage from a boat propeller that left it unable to survive in the wild. Florida’s manatees need even more stringent protections than their listing on the federal endangered species list, Groff said, adding that boaters should go elsewhere if they don't like speed limits in waters where manatees swim. […] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing...
  • Pelosi’s home city exempted from water restrictions imposed on rural farmers

    08/21/2014 11:34:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 20, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    The Endangered Species Act has wreaked havoc for decades on rural communities, but a newly filed lawsuit could force San Francisco urbanites like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to share their pain. A federal complaint filed this week contends that the Hetch Hetchy Project, which supplies water to San Francisco and the Bay Area, has unfairly enjoyed an exemption from the “severe cutbacks” required in rural California in order to save endangered fish species. Craig Manson, who heads the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy and Reliability (CESAR) in Fresno, said the lawsuit is aimed at addressing the “double standard” that...
  • Western cuckoo up for endangered species listing ( UN Agenda 21 )

    08/18/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 44 replies
    Record Courier ^ | August 14, 2014
    More than a half-million acres of land across nine Western states is being proposed for designation as critical habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 546,335 acres of critical habitat is up for listing in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The bird is a neotropical migrant that winters in South America and nests along rivers and streams in western North America. ... The Service is seeking information concerning the western yellow-billed cuckoo’s biology and habitat, threats to the species and current efforts to protect...
  • Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds

    08/10/2014 8:35:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    KRWG ^ | August 8, 2014 | Center for Biological Diversity
    Large turnouts are expected at two upcoming public hearings on proposed changes to the Mexican wolf management plan, including expansion of the wolf-management areas in Arizona and New Mexico. The hearings, Aug. 11 in Pinetop, Ariz., and Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, N.M., will be the final opportunity for verbal testimony on proposed changes to management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf population in the two states. Public hearings last year in Albuquerque and Pinetop drew a total of around 1,000 people, most of whom were not allotted time to speak. ... The Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to...
  • Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

    07/23/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 22, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415. That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report. “We request that your department provide this...
  • EDITORIAL: Sage-grouse politics

    07/10/2014 8:32:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    The fate of a chicken-size bird carries huge economic and political stakes across the West. The sage grouse, long a threat to the thriving energy sector, is also a threat to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The ground-dwelling bird, which has habitat across Nevada and 10 other states, could be listed as a threatened or endangered species as soon as next year. Such a designation would place burdensome restrictions on the use of tens of millions of acres by ranchers, farmers, and oil and natural gas producers. Environmental organizations that want a halt to ranching and fossil fuel development are...
  • Obama fraudulently declares meadow jumping mouse “endangered” in order to hurt ranchers

    07/05/2014 5:10:06 AM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 5, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obama fraudulently declares meadow jumping mouse “endangered” in order to hurt ranchers On May 24, 2014, Wikipedia’s article on the meadow jumping mouse stated:The meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius) is the most widely distributed mouse in the subfamily Zapodinae. It may be found from the Atlantic coast, to the Great Plains, as far north as the arctic tree lines in Canada and Alaska, and as far south as Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, and New Mexico.The meadow jumping mouse is currently not in any kind of danger. According to the IUCN Red list, it is widely spread, common,...
  • NM ranching family tells feds: ‘Don’t fence us out’

    07/03/2014 9:51:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    New Mexico Watchdog ^ | July 3, 2014 | Rob Nikolewski
    Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the meadow jumping mouse as an endangered species. Now, the U.S. Forest Service, which oversees the Santa Fe National Forest, is considering erecting a series of 8-foot high fences to protect the mouse’s habitat. The Luceros, members of the San Diego Cattleman’s Association and holders of grazing permits with the federal government, say the fences will lock out their cattle — as well as those of other permit holders — from ever returning to the meadow where the livestock graze for 20 days in the spring and up to 40 days...
  • Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work ((UN Agenda 21 )

    06/25/2014 7:24:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ap ^ | June 24, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN,
    Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx. ... Officials also say that lynx face a relatively low degree of threat compared to other protected species. The Fish and Wildlife Service was forced to come up with a timeline on the recovery document when Molloy last month expressed frustration with the government's progress. The judge said the "stutter-step" approach by federal officials necessitated court intervention. The lawsuit pending before Molloy was brought by Friends of the Wild Swan, Rocky Mountain Wild, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and the San Juan Citizens Alliance....
  • 4th New Mexico county joins prairie chicken fight

    06/17/2014 9:12:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | June 16, 2014
    Another New Mexico county has joined a lawsuit to fight the listing of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species. Lea County in southeastern New Mexico joined three other counties in the state last week in a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... U.S. Rep., Steve Pearce, R-N.M., .. The Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to cater to environmental groups and disregard science will devastate New Mexico’s way of life,” he said. “New Mexicans will pay the price in lost jobs, industry, ranching and oil and gas production.”
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Killing One Type Of Owl To Save Another In Northern California

    05/22/2014 9:53:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 21, 2014
    Killing one species to save another sounds like a drastic solution, but that’s exactly what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing in California to protect the Spotted Owl from a predator that happens to be its distant cousin, the Barred Owl. On the Hoopa Indian Reservation near the Oregon border, it’s owl country, but not the kind Mark Higley wants to see. The tribe’s resident biologist is tracking an invasive species from the east called the barred owl. “Up to the ridge line we have been getting barred owl responses,” he said. At first the birds were a...
  • Tree trimmer apologizes for Oakland baby bird fiasco

    05/09/2014 8:18:58 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 24 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 5/9/14 | Carolyn Jones
    The tree trimmer at the center of a federal and state investigation into the destruction of nests and slaughter of baby birds in Oakland said Thursday that he "screwed up" because he allowed his crews to chain-saw trees even as baby birds were falling out. Pulido was the supervisor for a crew of tree trimmers hired Saturday by the U.S. Postal Service's Civic Center Annex in Oakland. The post office ordered trees containing the nests of egrets and black-crowned night herons, species protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Act, to be cut because the nesting birds were defecating on mail...
  • Tombstone's water woes continue [ Arizona ]

    04/25/2014 7:41:19 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    KVOA ^ | April 25, 2014
    A recent fire in Tombstone's historical district has brought back the battle between the city and the feds over the town's water supply. Tombstone gets its water from a highly protected wilderness area in the Huachuca Mountains. The pipeline that transports water 30 miles across Cochise County has had problems since the Monument Fire in 2011. According to the City they still haven't been able to get the proper equipment into the area to permanently fix the issues. The structures in Tombstone's historic district are like a tinderbox. In the past few years alone the site of what is currently...
  • How the Feds Suckered Klamath Basin ( Oregon )

    04/26/2014 5:06:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Farm Wars ^ | April 21, 2014 | Barbara H. Peterson
    It all started with the sucker fish. The con, that is. I can see it all now. A group of robber barons and their flunkies sitting down at a table and deciding just what ruse they will use to grab all of the water and land in the country, and for Oregon, it’s the sucker. Yes, the infamous Klamath Basin Sucker Fish. The fish that evidently, needs both high and low water levels, murky and clear water, and an overdose of federal government interference to survive, even though attempts to eradicate it have failed time and time again. It has...
  • Raymond Yowell: A Courageous Indigenous Leader ( Rancher vs BLM )

    04/26/2014 8:17:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Indian Country Today ^ | 3/7/12 | Peter d'Errico
    The Western Shoshone have been litigating the rights to their homeland since at least 1951 ... Raymond Yowell's land, from which BLM seized his cattle, is within the ancestral territories of the Western Shoshone Nation recognized in the 1863 Treaty of Peace and Friendship signed at Ruby Valley . The Western Shoshone have never ceded or relinquished their fundamental indigenous relationship to these territories. They continue to hunt, fish, gather, graze, and live on the lands in accordance with laws and instructions given to them by the Ah-Peh (Father). In 1995, Mr. Yowell was Chief of the Western Shoshone National...
  • Ariz. bill allowing ranchers to kill wolves also vetoed

    04/25/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun, ^ | April 23, 2014
    Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands. The measure vetoed Tuesday was crafted by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford. She has been a vocal foe of the program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the wolves into sections of Arizona and New Mexico, saying they are endangering not only cattle but also pets and children. SB1211 would have spelled out that ranchers could “take” a wolf — legalese for killing — that was killing, wounding or biting livestock. It also would have legalized a guard...
  • Bundy's Black Bodyguard: 'I Would Take A Bullet For That Man' (VIDEO)

    04/25/2014 12:01:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 88 replies
    CNN - TPM ^ | April 25, 2014 | Catherine Thompson –
    One of the supporters serving as a bodyguard for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his standoff with federal authorities -- and who also happens to be black -- said he would still "take a bullet for" Bundy after the rancher made racially inflammatory comments. CNN's Dan Simon noticed Jason Bullock, a six-year Army veteran who serves as one of Bundy's bodyguards, hanging around at the Nevada ranch. Simon asked Bullock whether he found Bundy's remarks about blacks and slavery offensive. "Mr. Bundy is not a racist," he told CNN. "Ever since I've been here, he's treated me with nothing but...
  • Saudi Prince Hunted Endangered Birds, Pakistan Officials Say

    04/24/2014 7:45:11 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Zee News ^ | Thursday, April 24, 2014, | Zee News
    Saudi prince hunted endangered birds, Pakistan officials say Karachi: A Saudi prince is alleged to have poached over 2,100 endangered and internationally protected birds in a 21-day hunting safari in southwest Pakistan's Balochistan province, bringing the focus back on the practice that has been taking place for long. Last year in January, the hunting of endangered Houbara Bustards by members of Arab royal families in Pakistan had led to friction along the Indo-Pak frontier, with the BSF complaining about the firing. Any firing near the border is a violation of norms and India's Border Security Force (BSF) had lodged protests...
  • Nevada rancher and former Shoshone chief's range war with BLM predates Bundy standoff

    04/22/2014 11:46:46 PM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Fox ^ | April 22, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    Long before Cliven Bundy faced down federal agents in his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights, fellow Nevada rancher Raymond Yowell, an 84-year-old former Shoshone chief, watched as the BLM seized his herd. Adding to that, since 2008 they've taken his money as well -- in the form of a piece of his Social Security checks. Yowell's 132 head of cattle had grazed for decades on the South Fork Western Shoshone Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada until 2002, when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- the same agency at odds with Bundy -- seized them....
  • Facebook Removes Post About Rancher Bundy

    04/17/2014 6:34:29 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    FOX News Radio ^ | April 17, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    landed in the Facebook gulag when I tried to post our daily Bible verse. ... Now before you call up the preacher had put me on the church prayer list – let me assure the posting was neither unseemly nor ungentlemanly. Nevertheless, it caused great consternation and angst among Facebook’s left-wing censors. Following is the egregious text: “Rancher Bundy should’ve told the feds that those were Mexican cows – who came across the border illegally to seek better grazing opportunities. It was an act of love.” Thousands of you posted comments and many more shared that message. It’s now gone...
  • Harry Reid: “Something Will Happen” To Stop Rancher Cliven Bundy

    04/22/2014 4:59:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 124 replies
    Gateway and CBS ^ | April 22, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Senator Harry Reid told reporters the Bundy Ranch dispute is not over. “Something will happen.” ... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says “something is going to happen” to get Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy to stop letting his cattle graze on federal land. “It’s obvious that you can’t just walk away from this. And we can speculate all we want to speculate to what’s going to happen next,” Reid told KSNV-TV. “But I don’t think it’s going to be tomorrow that something is going to happen, but something will happen. We are a nation of laws, not of men and women.”...
  • Arizona bill would allow cities to ignore federal rules

    04/16/2014 9:35:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | Apr 15, 2014
    The Arizona Senate has approved a bill that would allow cities and towns to enter restricted federal land without permission in emergencies. ... Republican bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa says she was inspired by the battle between the city of Tombstone and the federal government over access to repair its water supply system in the Coronado National Forest. She says local authorities should have the right to go in where needed without being granted approval first in cases of emergency.
  • Electricity Price Surged to All-Time Record for March

    04/16/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | April 16, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The average price for a kilowatthour (KWH) of electricity hit a March record of 13.5 cents, according data released yesterday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was up about 5.5 percent from 12.8 cents per KWH in March 2013. ... The BLS’s seasonally adjusted electricity price index rose to 209.341 this March, the highest it has ever been, up 10.537 points—or 5.3 percent--from 198.804 in March 2013. ... per capita electricity production peaked in the United States in 2007.
  • Alaska to sue Interior Department for road to reach medical aid

    04/16/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday that the state will sue the Obama administration to allow construction of a 10-mile road to give residents of a remote fishing village access to emergency medical flights at an all-weather airport. Residents of King Cove, Alaska, were outraged in December when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell nixed a plan for a land swap that would have allowed the building of an unpaved road between the small town and the airport at Cold Bay. ... Since Ms. Jewell rejected the land swap, which would have given the refuge 43,093 acres of state land and 13,300...
  • Arizona Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Could Be Listed As Threatened Bird Species

    04/14/2014 9:33:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies
    KJZZ ^ | April 10, 2014 | Steve Shadley
    A bird native to Arizona and other western states could be listed as a threatened species by the federal government. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo lives along the Verde, Colorado and San Pedro Rivers in Arizona. It also can be found at the Gila River and Rio Grande in New Mexico and the Sacramento and Kern Rivers in California. Federal officials said the bird’s habitat is shrinking because of dams and other construction projects on the rivers, plus cattle grazing.
  • Nevada Militia To Feds: ‘Control Our Borders, Not Our Ranchers’

    04/13/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    CBS LAS VEGAS ^ | April 11, 2014
    The rural Nevada showdown between federal government officials and militia members protecting rancher Cliven Bundy has evolved into a battle of government “tyranny,” with many newly arriving militiamen rolling in to draw a line in the dirt about 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ... “This is a better education than being in school! I’m glad I brought you. I’m a good mom,” Ilona Ence, a 49-year-old mother from St. George and Bundy relative who brought her four teenage children to the ranch, told the Las Vegas Sun. “They’re learning about the Constitution.” Ence’s teenage sons posted up a sign...
  • The Real Story Behind The Bundy Ranch Harassment

    04/11/2014 5:57:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 89 replies
    danaradio ^ | April 11, 2014
    By now you’re familiar with the standoff between the federal government, i.e. the Bureau of Land Management, and 67 year-old rancher Cliven Bundy. .. The BLM asserts their power through the expressed desire to protect the endangered desert tortoise, a tortoise so “endangered” that their population can no longer be contained by the refuge constructed for them so the government is closing it and euthanizing over a thousand tortoises. The tortoises, the excuse that BLM has given for violating claims to easements and running all but one lone rancher out of southern Nevada, is doing fine. In fact, the tortoise...
  • BLM Rangers Brought in From Out of State for Nevada Ranch ‘Emergency’

    04/11/2014 11:23:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    They’re almost like a hired gun’. Armed Rangers were brought in from out of state by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to assist in security surrounding the Bundy Ranch, according to the family. A heated confrontation on Wednesday resulted in Cliven Bundy’s son Ammon being tasered by BLM officials and a 57-year-old protester being shoved to the ground. Stetsy Bundy Cox, Cliven’s daughter, told the Washington Free Beacon that some of the rangers had Oregon and California license plates. “You know, some of these guys don’t even know why they’re here,” she said. “A few people have talked to...
  • Transparency Lacking in ESA Grouse Listing

    04/10/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | April 9, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    WASHINGTON — Colorado officials warned a House committee Tuesday that a lack of transparency in the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens the scientific validity of the process. Rob Roy Ramey of Nederland, an independent biologist whose career has focused on species protection, told the House Natural Resources Committee that the process has been closed to the scientific community and that federal officials refuse to share certain data being used to make a final determination. “It can be like pulling teeth to try and obtain that data,” Ramey said. “The (information) is shared...
  • Chicken conservation plan likened to mafia extortion ( Kansas )

    03/31/2014 6:16:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Kansas Watchdog ^ | January 24, 2014 | Travis Perry
    A decision pending with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could have huge ramifications for rural Kansans living in the western third of the state. In limbo is the question of whether the lesser prairie-chicken should be listed as a “threatened” species under provisions of the 1973 Endangered Species Act. The species inhabits land spanning Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. ... Kansas, in cooperation with the four other states affected by the issue — a coalition known as the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies — has attempted to stave-off such a decision with the development of...
  • Sage Grouse Rebellion

    03/30/2014 10:38:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    wsj ^ | March 11, 2014
    Will Obama use two small birds to limit oil drilling in the West? Almost half the land west of the Mississippi belongs to the federal government, including 48% of California, 62% of Idaho and 81% of Nevada. No surprise that the Obama Administration wants to control more. But the result could be to suppress the country's booming oil and gas development. In partnership with green activists, the Department of Interior may attempt one of the largest federal land grabs in modern times, using a familiar vehicle—the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A record 757 new species could be added to the...
  • Wyo spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation, Barrasso on LNG exports and more

    03/26/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat. The report comes in advance of an expected 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over whether to add the species to the endangered species list. The sage grouse's listing could curtail energy development throughout the West. ... Utah, by comparison, spent $8.8 million on improvements to sage grouse habitat in 2013 alone.
  • Feds Set Aside Habitat In Southwest For Jaguar [ Arizona and New Mexico ]

    03/05/2014 7:52:46 PM PST · by george76 · 90 replies
    AP ^ | March 05, 2014 | Alexandra Olgin
    Federal wildlife officials are setting aside nearly 1,200 square miles in the American Southwest as critical habitat for the jaguar... Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties in Arizona and Hidalgo County in New Mexico ... The critical designation means anyone developing federal land in the area needs to consult the service to ensure it will not hurt the jaguar’s habitat
  • Threat of sage grouse endangered species listing is real, could cost Utah billions

    03/05/2014 9:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 18 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    The sage grouse's potential addition to the endangered species list is a problem of epic economic consequences to states in the West, with Herbert explaining that the impact in lost economic development in Utah tops $41 billion for the oil and gas industry alone. "The negative impacts are not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to anyone here," Herbert told the crowd. The event at the Utah Department of Natural Resources' auditorium is actually a precursor to a national summit that will be held in Salt Lake City this fall. ... a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision...
  • Native Americans Protest Eagle Deaths at Wind Farms

    12/28/2013 5:21:06 PM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Heartland ^ | 12/26/13 | H. Sterling Burnett
    **SNIP** The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest and largest national organization of tribal governments, along with attorneys representing the Osage Nation and 20 Arizona tribes, met with the White House to discuss the FWS’ eagle “take” rules. After the meeting, the NCAI passed a resolution accusing the administration of failing to consult meaningfully with tribes while pursuing a rule to lengthen eagle take permits for wind farms from five to 30 years. The resolution said eagle permits should not be issued without the consent of affected tribes. **SNIP** Wind farms must be located where the wind blows...
  • Nevada sage grouse critic calls feds closed-minded

    12/17/2013 8:19:03 PM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    ap ^ | December 16. 2013
    Elko County Commissioner Grant Gerber suggested the BLM and U.S. Forest Service are seeking comment on a regional sage-grouse conservation plan only to placate critics of the push to protect the greater sage grouse, which is found in 11 Western states, including Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Oregon. Ranchers, miners, energy developers and state officials fear restrictions on the use of public lands in sage grouse habitat would have deep economic consequences in the rural West. Former Republican Assemblyman John Carpenter said he believes the government is determined to list the chicken-sized game bird as part of a bigger strategy to...
  • Environmentalist attempt to block oil, gas drilling in key Wyoming sage grouse area

    10/30/2013 9:03:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | October 30, 2013 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Three environmental groups petitioned the federal government Monday to block new oil and gas development in an area of key sage grouse habitat near Douglas. The petition came a month after Gov. Matt Mead announced a plan with Chesapeake Energy to allow drilling in what is known as the Douglas Core Area and represented an effort by environmentalists to counter what they see as an erosion of state sage grouse protections. ... WildEarth Guardians, the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and American Bird Conservancy petitioned the Department of Interior and U.S. Bureau of Land Management to prohibit construction of new wellpads and...
  • Salazar Rules Blamed for Shell’s Departure

    09/27/2013 6:44:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | September 26, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    A decision this week by Shell to shutter its oil shale operation in Colorado to pursue other ventures in Jordan and Canada highlights the difficulties faced by developers in the state as they wrestle with uncertain rules under the Obama administration. Royal Dutch Shell was one of the most successful companies in the state in its efforts to develop a cost-efficient technique to extract oil from shale rock. But the final act of Ken Salazar as Interior secretary earlier this year to rewrite industry rules left companies in limbo with undeterminable royalty rates, and blocked them from obtaining leases for...
  • Sage Grouse Debate Prompts Scrutiny of Far-Reaching Federal Species Law

    09/04/2013 5:13:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | September 4, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    as debate heats up on Capitol Hill over the proposed listing of the Sage Grouse as an endangered species, a key concern of Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton is that it may never be de-listed, even if the population recovers. If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decide to list the species, the new protections would restrict management of two million acres in Colorado considered critical habitat, including private property. That means limited use of the property for grazing or energy development. “If we have a recovery in Garfield County, it will never be taken off the listing because...
  • Desert Tortoise Conservation Center to euthanize hundreds of the tortoises ( endangered species )

    08/29/2013 1:10:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 25, 2013
    It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who have nurtured it as BLM closes Vegas rescue center. LAS VEGAS — For decades, the vulnerable desert tortoise has led a sheltered existence. Developers have taken pains to keep the animal safe. It’s been protected from meddlesome hikers by the threat of prison time. And wildlife officials have set the species up on a sprawling conservation reserve outside Las Vegas. But the pampered desert dweller now faces a threat from the very people who...
  • Wolves kill 176 sheep near Victor, greatest loss recorded in Idaho

    08/20/2013 6:12:17 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 136 replies
    AP via KTVB ^ | 8/20/13 | AP
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A southeastern Idaho ranch lost 176 sheep as the animals ran in fear from two wolves that chased through a herd of about 2,400 animals south of Victor....
  • Tipton, Obama Wildlife Official Spar Over Sage Grouse ( ESA in Utah, Colorado, and )

    08/02/2013 10:21:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | August 2, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Colorado property owners affected by a federal proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species should be compensated for the loss of their ability to earn a living from the land, Rep. Scott Tipton.. The Colorado Republican asked Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe at a House hearing if the federal government planned to compensate those who would no longer be able to raise crops or cattle on property claimed for the bird’s critical habitat. “No,” Ashe replied sharply. The proposed map of the listing and bird’s wide-ranging territory over two million acres of Colorado and...
  • Feds to Protect “Endangered” Mouse ( and kill NM, AZ & CO farmers/ranchers/oil/gas )

    06/27/2013 3:24:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 25, 2013
    American taxpayers will be tremendously relieved to know that the U.S. government is hard at work trying to get official endangered status for ... the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and the feds want to designate it a critical habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law signed by President Richard Nixon to protect species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” The federal government’s list of more than 1,300 threatened or endangered species ... The Service is proposing to designate around 14,561 acres of critical habitat along streams...
  • Man Rescues Bald Eagle, Could Face Jail Time

    06/19/2013 7:34:22 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 19, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Man Rescues Bald Eagle, Could Face Jail Time An Indiana man was charged this week with the unlawful possession of a bald eagle, which the man says he cared for and rescued from the mud pit in which it was trapped. The former Department of Natural Resources employee, Jeffrey Henry, could face up to 60 days of jail time and a $500 fine as part of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Yahoo reports: As reported by WISH News 8, Henry had the bird in his home for 11 hours after several weeks of caring for the sick animal...
  • Lolo requests face-to-face about NOAA proposal (American Samoa)

    04/16/2013 8:40:43 PM PDT · by coconutt2000 · 3 replies
    Samoa News ^ | 4/16/2013 | Fili Sagapolutele
    Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has raised objections with the federal government over a proposal that would list as threatened and endangered certain coral species found in the waters of American Samoa. He has also called for a face-to-face meeting with federal officials involved in this proposed action prior to making any final decision. According to the federal portal [www.regulations.gov], Apr. 6 was the last day to accept comments on the proposal. The governor's objections and his call for a meeting were outlined in a letter late last month to Rebecca Blank, the acting secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce,...
  • Marin Environmentalist Claims Recreating Extinct Species Is Possible [ No more endangered species! ]

    02/28/2013 7:32:53 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 22 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | Feb 28 2013 | cbslocal.com
    LONG BEACH (CBS SF) – Speaking from the prestigious TED Conference in Long Beach Wednesday, Sausalito activist Stewart Brand said scientists are developing the ability to reassemble an extinct animal’s genome, and even recreate the animal itself. Brand, who gained fame after he campaigned to have the original NASA space photos of earth published, and subsequently created the Whole Earth Catalog, said Wednesday that “de-extinction” could be used to help restore organisms and habitats damaged human activity, according to a report in the Marin Independent Journal. A team of Harvard geneticists are currently working to bring back the passenger pigeon,...