For the apparent lack of anything productive to do, the Western Governors’s Association is apparently trying to cook up new ways to weaken the Endangered Species Act for the benefit of developers and extractive industries.
Feds look for efficiencies in conservation efforts
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Since wildlife doesn’t recognize the lines on a map that represent political boundaries, it’s important for conservation biologists to know how wild animals move on a regional level.
A new initiative from the Western Governors’ Association may help with those large-scale planning efforts, according to the Bureau of Land Management, which last week announced that it will use state and regional data and maps to help it identify wildlife corridors and crucial habitat.
It seems that the governors want to change the Endangered Species Act because they think it is a nonsensical law that hurts business, property owners and farmers and impinges on state sovereignty — in short, one of the greatest threats to motherhood and apple pie since Al Qaeda.
Some of the language used by the governors, at least as interpreted in the AP story, is the moral equivalent of the language used by Confederate secessionists in the Civil War era, and to hear welfare ranchers and golf course developers whine about how prairie dogs are “ravaging” their lands would be laughable if it weren’t so alarming. Continue reading “Opinion: Western governors wrong on endangered species”→
Wide-open West no exception to global biodiversity and extinction crisis
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Governors from western states offered plenty of feel-good environmental messaging after their recent summit meeting, but it remains to be seen whether the promised steps will do much to stem the loss of wildlife habitat across the region.
Despite its reputation for wildness and wide-open spaces, the American West is no exception when it comes to species extinction and the global biodiversity crisis. More and more plants and animals are threatened and endangered across the region. While their have been a few high-profile restoration success stories, the political will to protect nature in a meaningful way is not always there.
Through a wildlife council, western governors have been working to conserve crucial wildlife habitat and corridors bringing states together for the first time to coordinate data and produce more accurate wildlife counts and maps. The governors committed their state agencies to complete wildlife decision-support systems within the next three years. Continue reading “Western governors pledge cooperation on wildlife”→