From the monthly archives: July 2011

Peaceful disruptor of BLM oil auction to be sentenced today by our ExxonMobil government-

Bill Mckibben opines on today’s sentencing of Tim DeChristopher by a government that couldn’t find a single corrupt banker after they just about destroyed the economy back in 2008.

Tim DeChristopher and the feds. By Bill Mckibben.  The Salt […]

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Mike Hudak interviews Retired USDA researcher Steve Monsen about livestock grazing’s impact to weed and Pinion-Juniper spread in the western United States:

Retired USDA researcher Steve Monsen explains how overgrazing by cattle and sheep throughout the Great Basin, beginning in the mid-19th century and continuing to the present day, has initiated a cascade of […]

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Update on efforts to kill the anti-conservation measures in the House’s DOI budget bill for 2012-

This is a thorough update to the earlier story we posted on this. House Democrats to Take Aim at Policy Riders in Interior, EPA Spending Battle. New […]

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Although Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbits are genetically extinct, the US Fish and Wildlife Service approved interbreeding with Idaho Pygmy Rabbits, which the Obama Administration claims is “not warranted” for ESA protection, in order to maintain as much Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit lineage as is possible.

Previous attempts to release Pygmy Rabbits have failed.  They’ve […]

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The Tester-Simpson budget rider that interfered with an ongoing lawsuit is before Judge Molloy-

The legal issue in question is not wolves, but whether Congress can constitutionally decide the outcome of a lawsuit. We all know that congress can effectively overturn many court decisions afterwards, but if Jones sues Smith, for example, can Congress constitutionally […]

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Another confirmed pack in Washington state.

Biologists confirm a fifth wolf pack in Washington – The Seattle Times

It’s not yet clear whether the Smackout Pack wolves made its way to Washington from Idaho and the Rocky Mountains or from British Columbia.

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There has been a lot of discussion about Murdoch’s sudden legal and political troubles. Given that he is one of the most dangerous people on the planet, it is hard to have sympathy. Today “This week in Science,” in Daily Kos is about the matter (but […]

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Sloppy food storage habituates grizzly bear at or near private campground west of West Yellowstone-

Soda pop, garbage, food in coolers, and bird seed kills female grizzly.

Story in the Bozeman Chronicle. By Daniel Person.

Does anyone know which private campground this was?

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Finally, what we need to hear!

Yesterday the Office of the President released a detailed statement saying “The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 2584, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012.” “If the President is presented with a bill that […]

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Conservationists have been putting in a lot of hours for a lot of years on the Green Mountain Common Allotment – and rightfully so;  At 522,000 acres it’s the largest unfenced public land grazing allotment in the country, and it’s a landscape that’s been brutalized by livestock for far too long.

Green Mountain grazing decision […]

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July 2011


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey