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28 09, 2017

Senate Bill Aims to Strip Protections From Nearly 1,100 Endangered Species

By | 2017-10-02T06:36:26+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Conservation, Conservation News|0 Comments

Senators Hatch, Lee Target Imperiled Wildlife Found Only in One State WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee of Utah introduced legislation this week that would strip federal Endangered Species Act protections for animals and plants found in only one state. Known as intrastate species, such imperiled animals and plants make up the majority of the 1,655 species protected under the Act. The legislation is backed by extreme anti-wildlife organizations that oppose the protection of the Utah prairie dog, an animal only found in Utah. In addition to ending protections for the prairie dog, the legislation would [...]

25 08, 2017

Interior Secretary Zinke Recommends Trump Alter National Monuments

By | 2017-08-25T17:53:53+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Conservation News, Public Lands|0 Comments

The Washington Post article by Juliet Eilperin and Darryl Fears discusses Secretary Zinke's recommendation to President Trump to "alter at least three national monuments established by his immediate predecessors, including two in Utah, a move expected to reshape federal land and water protections and certain to trigger major legal fights." It goes on to state Zinke's "proposal takes direct aim at a handful of the nation’s most controversial protected areas out west, according to several individuals who asked for anonymity because the report has yet to be made public. Zinke, who had called for revising Bears Ears’ boundaries in an interim [...]

8 08, 2017

Secretary Zinke Calls for Changes to Sage-Grouse Plans

By | 2017-08-08T04:31:58+00:00 August 8th, 2017|Conservation News, Press Releases|0 Comments

WASHINGTON (Aug. 7, 2017) -- The Department of the Interior issued new direction to federal agencies today to revise current federal sage-grouse conservation plans to allow for more fossil fuel development, livestock grazing and other land uses that could negatively affect the grouse and hundreds of other species in the Sagebrush Sea. Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO for Defenders of Wildlife, issued the following statement: “Interior’s proposed changes could irreparably damage sage-grouse habitat, jeopardizing an unprecedented, collaborative effort to conserve this iconic species.” “While the Trump administration works to weaken the federal sage-grouse conservation plans, scientists recommend doing quite [...]

24 06, 2017

Trump Administration Puts Important Federal Land at Risk

By | 2017-06-24T22:02:27+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Conservation News, Press Releases|0 Comments

In disappointing move, Interior recommends presidential and Congressional action to reduce protections for Bears Ears National Monument Statement by Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for National Parks Conservation Association “The Trump administration does not have the legal authority to alter or rescind national monuments. Any move to do so is nothing short of a betrayal to the American people and the land and history we’ve spent generations safeguarding. We cannot and will not stand idly by and let it happen. “With just 15 days to comment, more than 800,000 people officially registered their support for the full Bears Ears National [...]

26 05, 2017

Trump Slashes Funds for Endangered Species & Environmental Protection

By | 2017-05-26T08:13:52+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Conservation, Conservation News, Press Releases, Public Lands|0 Comments

Budget Proposes $1.6 Billion for Construction of Ecologically Devastating Border Wall WASHINGTON — May 23, 2017 - The Trump administration’s detailed 2018 budget proposal, released today, contains unprecedented funding cuts for the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency and increased spending for a border wall. Trump wants to slash the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget by 8.6 percent and the EPA’s budget by 30 percent. Meanwhile the budget proposes an additional $1.6 billion to build 80 new miles of a wall along the southern border. “Trump’s budget guts safeguards for our air, water and wildlife just [...]

6 04, 2017

Trump Signs Legislation to Kill Wolves and Bears in Alaska

By | 2017-04-06T14:42:49+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Conservation News, Press Releases|0 Comments

Republicans Repeal Rules Against Cruel, Unsportsmanlike Killings of Predators in National Wildlife Refuges WASHINGTON— President Trump late Monday signed legislation to strip away protections implemented by the Obama administration for wolves, bears and other predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. The bill, approved by Congress and signed by Trump, allows wolves and their pups to be killed in their dens and bears to be gunned down at bait stations. “Because of Trump and Republicans in Congress, wolves and bears in Alaska will now be subject to cruel, unsportsmanlike killings, in violation of the very purpose of the wildlife refuge [...]

19 03, 2017

2.7 Million Animals Killed by Federal Wildlife-destruction Program in 2016

By | 2017-03-19T06:53:30+00:00 March 19th, 2017|Conservation, Conservation News, Press Releases, Wildlife|0 Comments

Ignoring Calls for Reform, Wildlife Services Continues Killing Coyotes, Bears, Wolves, Other Animals WASHINGTON — The highly secretive arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed more than 2.7 million animals during 2016, according to new data from the agency. The multimillion-dollar federal program targets wolves, cougars, birds and other wild animals for destruction — primarily to benefit the agriculture industry. Of the 2.7 million animals killed last year, nearly 1.6 million were native wildlife species. According to the latest kill report, the program last year destroyed 415 gray wolves; 76,963 adult coyotes, plus an unknown [...]

3 03, 2017

On First Day Trump Appointee Rolls Back Protections for Wildlife, Hunters From Toxic Lead

By | 2017-03-03T21:37:17+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|Conservation, Conservation News, Press Releases|0 Comments

Secretary Zinke Revokes Obama Phaseout of Lead Ammo, Sinkers on National Wildlife Refuges WASHINGTON — On his first full day in office, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued an order revoking the phaseout of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on national wildlife refuges. The order reverses the position of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Obama that called for a phaseout of the use of toxic lead on refuges by 2022. Spent lead ammunition causes lead poisoning in 130 species of birds and animals. Nearly 500 scientific papers document the dangers to wildlife from this lead exposure. “Switching to [...]

25 02, 2017

Texas Senator John Cornyn Introduces Bills to Gut Endangered Species Act

By | 2017-02-25T14:57:55+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Conservation, Conservation News, Press Releases|0 Comments

Legislation Would Delay Species Protection, Burden Federal Wildlife Agencies, Increase Extinction Risk for America's Wildlife WASHINGTON - February 16, 2017 - Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced two bills today to substantially weaken protections for endangered species. The “Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform Act” (S. 375) would make it harder for citizens to ensure species are considered for protection in a timely fashion. The bill would give local governments, Big Oil, Big Agriculture and other industries the right to veto settlement agreements requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make decisions about the protection of endangered species. “Senator Cornyn’s bill [...]