Interior Secretary Zinke Recommends Trump Alter National Monuments

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 [...]

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

Secretary Zinke Calls for Changes to Sage-Grouse Plans

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 [...]

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

Trump Administration Puts Important Federal Land at Risk

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 [...]

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

Trump Slashes Funds for Endangered Species & Environmental Protection

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 [...]

Trump Signs Legislation to Kill Wolves and Bears in Alaska

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

Texas Senator John Cornyn Introduces Bills to Gut Endangered Species Act

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 [...]

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

Congress Advances Legislation to Kill Wolves, Bears, and other Predators in Alaska

Bill Would Repeal Protections on National Wildlife Refuges WASHINGTON - February 16, 2017 - The House of Representatives today used the Congressional Review Act to strip away protections implemented during the Obama administration for wolves, bears and other predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. By eliminating these protections, the House measure greenlights killing wolves and their pups in their dens and allows bears to be gunned down at bait stations. “Rolling back protections for predators defies everything wildlife refuges stand for,” said Emily Jeffers, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Refuges are places where we celebrate biological [...]