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Court Acts Swiftly to Aid Rare Canada Lynx (press release 5.9.14)

5/09/2014
Wildlife advocates’ win forces federal government to prepare long overdue recovery plan for threatened Canada Lynx.

In a critical win for the rare and elusive Canada lynx, a federal court in Montana found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 14-year delay in preparing a recovery plan for this threatened species was “unreasonable” and ordered a firm deadline for completing the federally mandated roadmap for recovery. 

Judge says ATV trail needs more assessment (Idaho Post Register 4.3.14)

A move to build an all-terrain vehicle trail near the Idaho-Wyoming border is on hold following a federal court ruling which found it could impact a proposed wilderness area.

The proposed Winschell Dugway ATV trail would run 7.8 miles around the Caribou Mountain area of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in a remote area of Bonneville County.

Court Strikes Down Environmental Review of Controversial ATV Trail in SE Idaho’s Popular Caribou Mountains (press release 4.2.14)

4/02/2014
US Forest Service failed to consider detrimental impacts on Caribou Mountain Recommended Wilderness Area.

In a win for highly sensitive forest lands, streams, and fisheries in southwest Greater Yellowstone, the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho rejected the United States Forest Service’s Winschell Dugway Motorized Trail System planned for southeast Idaho’s Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

White House strategy to cut methane takes aim at oil industry (Fuel Fix 3.28.14)

3/28/2014

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday unveiled a broad strategy for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, including regulations clamping down on methane tied to oil and gas development.

The Obama administration’s new inter-agency methane strategy combines a mix of new and previously announced steps to rein in the short-lived but potent greenhouse gas released from landfills, oil wells, dairy farms and coal mining.

Proposal to Strip Federal Wolf Protections Faces Strong Opposition (press release 12.17.13)

12/17/2013
Over 100,000 Pacific West residents urge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain protections for gray wolves

Demonstrating Americans’ broad opposition to the Obama administration’s plan to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves, members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition submitted 101,416 comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today favoring continued wolf protections. The comments on behalf of the coalition’s members and supporters in the Pacific West join 1 million comments collected nationwide expressing Americans’ strong disapproval of the Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove federal protections from gray wolves across most of the continental United States.

Groups call for federal regulations to curb methane leaks (Washington Post, 12.4.13)

12/05/2013

Ninety health, environmental and sportsmen’s groups asked the federal government Thursday to clamp down on the release of methane gas by the petrochemical industry, asserting that the United States cannot reach its goal for reducing heat-trapping emissions without addressing the issue.

Environmental, Health, Sporting Organizations, Call On Interior Secretary Jewell, EPA Administrator McCarthy To Curb Methane Emissions From Oil And Gas Industry (press release 12.05.13)

12/05/2013
90 SIGNATORIES TO OPEN LETTER SEEK ROBUST RULES BY EPA, BLM AND BOEM TO STOP THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH, GLOBAL CLIMATE FROM CONTROLLABLE RELEASE OF METHANE DURING DRILLING AND TRANSPORT

A broad group of regional and national environmental and health organizations, joined by sporting and faith-based allies, today called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to substantially reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on public and private lands, as well as from offshore oil operations.

Conservationists Second ATV Win Sets Stage To Restore Health Of The Sawtooth National Forest (press release 10.24.13)

10/24/2013
Federal Court Again Rules that U.S. Forest Service’s Designation of 1,196-mile ATV and Dirt Bike Route Network Unlawfully Harms Wildlife and Water Quality

An Idaho federal judge has ruled for the second time in as many years that the U.S. Forest Service violated federal law when it designated a 1,196-mile network of roads and trails for use by all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes on the Sawtooth National Forest’s Minidoka Ranger District. Specifically, Judge Edward J. Lodge held that the Forest Service, in designating this network and abandoning other routes without plans for reclamation, failed to comply with two Executive Orders compelling the agency to minimize impacts to resources, such as water quality.

Looking For Lynx Habitat (Eugene Weekly 6.6.13)

6/06/2013

With thick fur and paws that work like snowshoes, the Canada lynx is a cat specialized for hunting in the snow. Already decimated by habitat destruction and overhunting, lynx are now facing the added danger of climate change, which may diminish their snowy habitats. 

Advocates Call On BLM To Change Policy Consistent with Court Order (press release 5.17.13 )

5/17/2013
Twenty-nine organizations seek reversal of BLM’s policy that keeps secret the names of corporations that nominate public lands for oil and gas drilling

Just over three months ago, in a momentous victory for the public’s right to know and government transparency, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch ruled on February 13, 2013 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the public’s right to know when it concealed the identity of the entities that nominate public lands for gas drilling leases.

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