The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report last week detailing the extent to which the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have failed to follow agency regulations in documenting and penalizing unauthorized or trespass livestock grazing on federal public lands. The report, entitled Unauthorized Grazing: Actions Needed to Improve Tracking […]Continue Reading →
Today, Western Watersheds Project, Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) and, Friends of Animals (FoA) took the first step to sue the Dept. of the Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS) for failing to provide Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the distinct population segment of bison in Yellowstone National Park in response to two citizen petitions.
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Washington state data used to represent Utah.
Occasionally land grab groups produce reports intended to show how state management of lands is superior to management of our national public lands by the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, etc.
About a week ago one such group in Utah, the Sutherland Institute, issued a report […]Continue Reading →
Environmental regulations and endangered species protections are not at fault for Western logging’s decline.
George Wuerthner OPINIONJune 15, 2016Web Exclusiv
Note: the opinions expressed in this column are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of High Country News, its board or staff. If you’d like to share an opinion […]Continue Reading →
How do scientists make judgments that require consideration of ‘the best available science’ under conditions of high uncertainty? To gain insight into this question, we surveyed a group of grizzly bear researchers. We found that the majority of experts recommended continued listing of bears, and that experts who were employed by state and federal agencies […]Continue Reading →
Last week, Western Watersheds Project and our allies scored one for bighorn sheep on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest of Montana. Bighorn herds in the Greenhorn Mountains were threatened by the agency’s failure to consider the impacts of domestic sheep grazing in the nearby Gravelly Mountains.
WWP, Gallatin Wildlife Association, WildEarth Guardians, and Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation […]Continue Reading →
Whatever you do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Goethe
For the first time, the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act (NREPA) was introduced into the Senate by Senator Whitehouse and has seven co-sponsors including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
The bill, S. 3022, would protect 23 million […]Continue Reading →
Carter Niemeyer, with his wife Jenny, has written his second book on his career restoring wolves to the Northern Rocky Mountains. The book is Wolf Land, in paperback and download. It is fourteen unnumbered chapters of his memoirs of wolves and wolf incidents. It is full of action and kept my attention. I read it in […]Continue Reading →
Wildlife Services Challenged
In early June environmental groups filed a law suit against the euphemistically named “Wildlife Services” WS (formerly Animal Damage Control) to halt its killing of wolves in Idaho.
Last year the federal agency killed 72 Idaho wolves at the behest of ranchers, and sometimes hunters as well. In the past decade, WS […]Continue Reading →