Julie MacDonald – The Wildlife News http://www.thewildlifenews.com News and commentary on wildlife and public land issues in the Western United States Mon, 08 Feb 2016 23:53:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Report: ESA decisions were all tainted for five years http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2008/12/16/report-esa-decisions-were-all-tainted-for-five-years/ http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2008/12/16/report-esa-decisions-were-all-tainted-for-five-years/#comments Tue, 16 Dec 2008 13:12:27 +0000 http://wolves.wordpress.com/?p=4761 A high-ranking Interior Department official tainted nearly every decision made on the protection of endangered species over five years, a new inspector general report finds, concluding she exerted improper political interference on many more rulings than previously thought.

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Julie MacDonald interfered with every ESA decision for political reasons-

A high-ranking Interior Department official tainted nearly every decision made on the protection of endangered species over five years, a new inspector general report finds, concluding she exerted improper political interference on many more rulings than previously thought.

Julie MacDonald was deputy assistant secretary of Interior. overseeing the Fish and Wildlife Service. This shows how important are the nominations below the level of Secretary of Interior.

Report:  Endangered species decisions tainted. The Associated Press

Link to the actual report. pdf file.

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USFWS greatly expands proposed critical habitat for lynx http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2008/02/29/usfws-greatly-expands-proposed-critical-habitat-for-lynx/ http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2008/02/29/usfws-greatly-expands-proposed-critical-habitat-for-lynx/#comments Fri, 29 Feb 2008 14:09:17 +0000 http://wolves.wordpress.com/?p=2096 This is a great improvement over their first proposal, which was pathetic, and, once again, this new proposal was strongly influenced by the effect of disgraced Julie MacDonald, the deputy assistant secretary of Interior who was far too friendly with industry lobbyists.

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This is a great improvement over their first proposal, which was pathetic, and, once again, this new proposal was strongly influenced by the effect of disgraced Julie MacDonald, the deputy assistant secretary of Interior who was far too friendly with industry lobbyists.

So many species have advanced, although not yet to the final stage since she was sent packing, that it almost seems like a good thing she was in her position, eventually serving to make the courts look into the corruption.

Story: Proposal would increase critical lynx habitat. By John Cramer of the Missoulian

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U.S. to reconsider prairie dog status http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2008/02/28/us-to-reconsider-prairie-dog-status/ http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2008/02/28/us-to-reconsider-prairie-dog-status/#comments Thu, 28 Feb 2008 15:50:36 +0000 http://wolves.wordpress.com/?p=2092 U.S. to reconsider prairie dog status. By Clair Johnson. Billings Gazette.

Once again there is more endangered species fallout from the corrupt reign of Jule MacDonald’s period as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Interior. A status review will begin for the white tailed prairie dog.

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U.S. to reconsider prairie dog status. By Clair Johnson. Billings Gazette.

Once again there is more endangered species fallout from the corrupt reign of Jule MacDonald’s period as a Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Interior. A status review will begin for the white tailed prairie dog.

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Sage grouse decision may have big consequences http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2007/12/05/sage-grouse-decision-may-have-be-consequences/ http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2007/12/05/sage-grouse-decision-may-have-be-consequences/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2007 18:31:38 +0000 http://wolves.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/sage-grouse-decision-may-have-be-consequences/ The decision could have widespread ramifications for sage grouse habitat, which includes portions of at least eight Western states, including large swaths of Montana and Wyoming and the Powder River Basin, where there’s intense interest in energy development. Brodie Farquhar has an article about the politics of it in Wyoming. ‘Wyoming officials say listing [...]]]>

The decision could have widespread ramifications for sage grouse habitat, which includes portions of at least eight Western states, including large swaths of Montana and Wyoming and the Powder River Basin, where there’s intense interest in energy development. Brodie Farquhar has an article about the politics of it in Wyoming. ‘Wyoming officials say listing the sage grouse would be a ‘grave concern.’ Casper Star Tribune.

More on 12-7. Birds come home to roost. Federal judge: former U.S. official’s handling of sage grouse decision improper. By Jason Kauffman. Idaho Mountain Express.

Note that Idaho sage grouse numbers declined further during 2007. 

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Judge Winmill: Government must reconsider giving the sage grouse protection under the ESA http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2007/12/04/judge-winmill-government-must-reconsider-sage-grouse-protections/ http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2007/12/04/judge-winmill-government-must-reconsider-sage-grouse-protections/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2007 03:33:54 +0000 http://wolves.wordpress.com/2007/12/04/judge-winmill-government-must-reconsider-sage-grouse-protections/ Talk about a blockbuster decision!

Once again Julie MacDonald’s corrupt procedures at Interior have rebounded. The lawsuit was filed by Western Watersheds Project, and was represented by the conservation law firm, Advocates for the West.

Story by Rocky Barker in the Idaho Statesman. Judge: Government must reconsider sage grouse

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Talk about a blockbuster decision!

Once again Julie MacDonald’s corrupt procedures at Interior have rebounded. The lawsuit was filed by Western Watersheds Project, and was represented by the conservation law firm, Advocates for the West.

Story by Rocky Barker in the Idaho Statesman. Judge: Government must reconsider sage grouse

I see where this is the big, or a big story, in most of the western newspapers on Dec. 5.

I wonder if the Bush Administration will ever figure out there are consequences to not obeying the law?

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Update. Statement from the Western Watersheds Project

Western Watersheds Project Wins Court Order Overturning Bush Administration Decision Not To List Greater Sage Grouse !

Tuesday December 4, 2007

Today Western Watersheds Project won a remarkable Court Order from Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the federal District Court of the Idaho District that overturned the Bush Administration U.S. Fish and Wildlife decision that denied the protections of the Endangered Species Act for Greater Sage Grouse. WWP was ably represented in this litigation by our lead counsel Laird Lucas of Advocates For The West in Boise http://www.advocateswest.org . Thank you Laird !!

In his 35 page Order, Judge Winmill stated that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision “was tainted by the inexcusable conduct of one of its own executives, Julie McDonald, whose tactics included everything from editing scientific conclusions to intimidating FWS staffers.”

Interested readers can download the 35 page Court Order in PDF format from the WWP web site home page: http://www.westernwatersheds.org

Here is an early press story about this terrific federal Court Order (the blog comments at the Statesman URL are also interesting reading): !

http://www.idahostatesman.com/newsupdates/story/229043.html

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More endangered species rulings reversed where Julie MacDonald had influence http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2007/11/28/more-endangered-species-rulings-reversed-where-julie-macdonald-had-influence/ Wed, 28 Nov 2007 18:25:03 +0000 http://wolves.wordpress.com/2007/11/28/more-endangered-species-rulings-reversed-where-julie-macdonald-had-influence/ Julie MacDonald, the one-woman endangered species wreking crew, figures in yet another case of “inappropriate influence.” The US Fish and Wildlife Service will now revisit the white-tailed prairie dog, Preble’s meadow jumping mouse,  the Canada lynx, the Hawaiian picture-wing fly, the Arroyo toad, and the California red-legged frog.

Story in the Denver Post. Endangered [...]]]>

Julie MacDonald, the one-woman endangered species wreking crew, figures in yet another case of “inappropriate influence.” The US Fish and Wildlife Service will now revisit the white-tailed prairie dog, Preble’s meadow jumping mouse,  the Canada lynx, the Hawaiian picture-wing fly, the Arroyo toad, and the California red-legged frog.

Story in the Denver Post. Endangered species rulings reversed. By H. Josef Hebert. Associated Press

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