Routine studies delayed, protections lagging …
The U.S. Forest Service will track lynx this coming winter to learn how they are responding to changes in forest habitat and to human activities. PHOTO BY TANYA SHENK, COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE.
The U.S. Forest Service started dragging its feet on protecting lynx ever since the wild cat was designated as a threatened species in 2000, and that pattern continues to this day. The Center for Biological Diversity has released a
document suggesting that the agency’s Northern Rockies office dawdled for eight months working on a routine biological assessment that is often done in just a few weeks.
Superficially at issue are regional forest plans for mining and logging in and near lynx habitat, but the CBD’s conservation expert said the delay is more disturbing because it’s linked with a GOP effort to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
Continue reading “17 years later, feds still playing politics with threatened lynx”
Suggested changes would lead to extinction of some species
A lynx kitten in Colorado. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Governors of western states talk a good game when it comes to natural resources conservation, but when the rubber hits the road, they’ve never really been willing to walk the walk.
At its recent meeting in Montana, the Western Governors Association endorsed a
policy resolution today that, if adopted into law, would substantially weaken the core of the Endangered Species Act. Continue reading “Western governors seek to weaken Endangered Species Act”
Polar bears will keep their endangered species status. Photo by Eric Regehr, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Global warming seen as main threat to Arctic predators
Endangered Species Act protection for polar bears will remain in place following a U.S. Supreme Court decision late last week to reject an attempt by the fossil fuel industry to overturn the 2010 listing.
At issue was a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s to designate more than 120 million acres as critical habitat in Alaska for imperiled polar bears. The Supreme Court decision came just days after President Trump issued an executive order that attempts to rescind a ban on new offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
Continue reading “U.S. Supreme Court rejects fossil fuel industry effort to remove protection for threatened polar bears”
Rare species like lynx would face increased threats under GOP proposals to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Photo courtesy Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Lawmakers rally to block attacks on key environmental law
Conservation-minded lawmakers are rallying to counter the GOP’s seemingly endless attacks on the Endangered Species Act. In a letter to President Barack Obama, 91 members of Congress warned that Republicans are “doubling down” on their efforts to undermine protections for threatened plants and animals.
Arizona Rep. undermine the Endangered Species Act, including those weakening or blocking protections for specific imperiled species. Raúl M. Grijalva, the lawmakers asked the administration to reject the many proposals that Continue reading “Can the Endangered Species Act withstand the GOP assault?”
A lynx in the wilds of Colorado. Photo courtesy Tanya Shenk, Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Huge coalition sends letter to President Obama criticizing proposed new petitioning rules
A federal plan to tweak the Endangered Species Act isn’t getting much love from conservation advocates, who say the changes would make it much harder to start the listing process.
To reinforce their concerns, 175 environmental and social justice organizations sent a
letter to the Obama administration, detailing what they call “massive roadblocks” to needed protection for many species. Continue reading “Endangered Species Act changes would send many plants and animals towards oblivion”
Can the Endangered Species Act be improved?
Proposed changes would make it harder for citizen groups to petition for protection
FRISCO — The feds will give the public an extra two months to weigh in on proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, with a new comment deadline set for mid-September.
In May, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service published draft regulations, saying that the changes are aimed at improving transparency and inclusiveness. The move to
freshen up the Endangered Species Act reflects “advances in conservation biology and genetics, as well as recent court decisions interpreting the Act’s provisions.” Continue reading “Environment: Feds extend comment period on controversial Endangered Species Act changes”
Louisiana black bears have recovered and will be taken off the endangered species list. Photo courtesy Brad Young, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
Recovery goals met, USFWS proposes delisting
FRISCO — In a textbook case of endangered species conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists last week said they’ve met their recovery goals for the
Louisiana black bear and moved to take the species off the endangered species list.
The subspecies of black bear lives only in Louisiana, East Texas and western Mississippi. It was listed in 1992 because of pressures from hunting and habitat destruction and fragmentation. Now, the agency estimates about 500 and 750 Louisiana black bears roam the region, about double the population size at the time of listing.
Continue reading “Biodiversity: Louisiana black bear recovery hailed as endangered species success story”