Idaho

Conservationists Condemn Premature Stripping of Protections for Yellowstone’s Grizzlies (Statement 6/22/17)

6/22/2017
Planned Trophy Hunts Would Fundamentally Undermine Grizzly Recovery

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is finalizing its flawed proposal to strip grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Endangered Species Act protections despite overwhelming public and Tribal opposition. The removal of federal safeguards sets the stage for planned trophy hunting seasons in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho in a kill zone outside the boundaries of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Opinion Editorial: Methane rule good for environment, consumers

2/22/2017

The oil and gas industry often reminds us that the New Mexico economy depends on a strong oil and gas industry, and that’s not wrong. New Mexico gets about a third of its state income from oil and gas. But any stockbroker will tell you that an undiversified portfolio comes with significant risk. As we are experiencing now, periodic crashes in fossil fuel prices affect the whole state; cuts for education, senior services – Gov. Martinez is now ordering agencies to cut budgets by 5 percent across the board.

Idaho Settlement Ensures Notification for Wildlife Killing Contests on BLM Lands (News Release 2/23/17)

2/23/2017
Cruel, Unethical Competitions Stopped for Last Two Years

Yesterday, the Federal District Court of Idaho approved a settlement agreement between six conservation groups and the Bureau of Land Management ensuring public notice of a wildlife killing contest on BLM-managed public lands near Salmon, Idaho.

Lawsuit Spurs Forest Service to Ensure Safe Passage for Bull Trout (News Release 2/10/17)

2/10/2017
Payette National Forest will assess how to protect bull trout critical habitat from motorized use

In response to a lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, the Payette National Forest in west central Idaho is reconsidering how it manages roads and motorized trails to better protect bull trout. The complaint, filed September 21, 2016, challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to ensure protection for bull trout critical habitat from roads and motorized trails.

What’s at stake if Congress cuts methane regs

1/31/2017

In the 1880s, farmers on Colorado’s Front Range got fired up about— what else? Water. Their irrigation water came from Clear Creek, a stream that gets its start up on the Continental Divide, then tumbles through mining country before spilling onto the plains west of Denver. Along the way, mills that processed the ore from numerous mines dumped their tailings — sludge loaded with toxic metals and acid-forming sulfides — directly into the stream.

Decision on grizzlies delayed; 100 killed over 2 years

1/11/2017

BILLINGS — A deluge of opposition from dozens of American Indian tribes, conservation groups and some scientists is tying up a decision on lifting protections for more than 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National park.

Officials had planned to finalize by the end of 2016 a proposal to turn management of grizzlies over to state officials and allow limited hunting.

Public Health and Environmental Groups Move to Defend Standards to Reduce Waste of Natural Gas on Public Lands (News Release 12/2/16)

12/02/2016
Groups Seek to Join Lawsuit to Oppose Challenges to the Standards

Fifteen national, regional, tribal and local public health and environmental groups representing millions of Americans took legal steps today to defend new standards that will reduce natural gas waste on public and tribal lands, protect public health, and guard against climate change.

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Critical Bull Trout Habitat on Payette National Forest (News Release 9/21/16)

9/21/2016

WildEarth Guardians, with representation by the Western Environmental Law Center, filed a lawsuit today in federal court challenging the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to ensure protection for bull trout critical habitat on the Payette National Forest from roads and motorized trails under the Endangered Species Act. Bull trout, threatened with extinction, currently occupy less than half their historic range.

Suit Seeks Public Review of Animal Pelt Exports (News Release 5/4/16)

5/04/2016
Endangered Species Treaty Misused to Facilitate Mass Fur Export

Today, conservation groups filed suit to require open, public review of the impacts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service’s) export program that facilitates international trade in bobcat and gray wolf pelts, creates more incentive for trapping, and harms wolves, lynx, and other native wildlife.

Judge Rules Feds Improperly Refused to Protect Wolverines (Press Release 4/4/16)

Orders Reconsideration of Safeguards for Species Imperiled by Climate Change

Today, the federal district court for Montana rejected a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to deny protections for wolverines in the contiguous U.S. The court ruled the Service improperly ignored science and violated the Endangered Species Act. A broad coalition of conservation organizations challenged the Service’s refusal to protect imperiled wolverines by listing them under the ESA.

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