Making the National Landscape Conservation System permanent.

Monday, April 7th, 2008

UPDATE, 4/15/08, via the National Wildlife Federation (NWF):

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to approve the National Landscape Conservation System Act by a vote of 278-140! This Conservation System protects wildlife in 26 million acres of majestic landscapes and watersheds across the America. We could not have succeeded without your support!

Interested in learning more about the areas included in the National Landscape Conservation System?

Please visit http://www.conservationsystem.org

Stay tuned, as we now expect the bill to go to the Senate for their consideration.

My rep voted NO. Gawd, sometimes living in the stick sux.

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With a Congressional vote coming up this Wednesday, Drew at The Wilderness Society asked me to ask you to contact your rep and urge them to grant permanent protection to the National Landscape Conservation System.

Just what is the the National Landscape Conservation System, you ask?

In June 2000, the National Landscape Conservation System – the most innovative American land system created in the last 40 years – was established to protect the crown jewels of the public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

The 26 million-acre Conservation System includes more than 800 individual units: 15 National Monuments, 13 National Conservation Areas, Steens Mountain Cooperative Management Protection Area in Oregon, Headwaters Forest Reserve in northern California, 38 Wild and Scenic Rivers, 183 Wilderness Areas, more than 5,100 miles of National Scenic and Historic Trails, and 604 Wilderness Study Areas.

The mission of the National Landscape Conservation System is to “conserve, protect, and restore these nationally significant landscapes that have outstanding cultural, ecological, and scientific values for the benefit of current and future generations.”

The Conservation System offers the spectacular qualities of the National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges. But the System represents an innovative shift from conventional management: protecting large landscapes-entire ecosystems and archaeological communities-not small, isolated tracts surrounded by development. Arizona’s Agua Fria National Monument contains hundreds of archaeological structures and sites; to understand the story these sites tell, the monument includes surrounding lands where their inhabitants traded, hunted, and farmed. Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument encompasses 800,000 acres, including parts of the watershed of the Grand Canyon.

The National Landscape Conservation System Act (HR 2016), which moves to the House floor on April 9th, will if passed formally establish the proposed Conservation System. You can take action and urge your rep to vote yes on HR 2016 here.

To learn more, visit http://www.conservationsystem.org – or check out this nifty video intro from The Wilderness Society:

And be sure to spread the word!

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26 Groups Denounce Lease Plan That Could Affect 2 Million Acres of Public Lands

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

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From: Drew Bush
Date: Thu, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:11 AM
Subject: 26 Conservation Groups Send Letter Denouncing Bush Administration’s Rush To Develop Oil Shale And Tar Sands At Expense of Local Communities, Wild Lands

Sent By The Wilderness Society

For Immediate Release: March 20, 2008

Contacts:

Steve Smith, 303/650-5818 x106, steve_smith [at] tws.org
Chase Huntley, 202/429-7431, chase_huntley [at] tws.org
David Alberswerth, 202/429-2695, david_alberswerth [at] tws.org
Drew Bush, 202/429-7441, drew_bush [at] tws.org

BUSH ADMINISTRATION’S RUSH TO DEVELOP OIL SHALE AND TAR SANDS ENDANGERS LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND WILD LANDS IN COLORADO, UTAH, AND WYOMING

–26 Conservation, Citizen, Local Government and Recreation Groups Denounce Lease Plan That Could Affect 2 Million Acres of Public Lands

(Washington, D.C.)—Thousands of local residents and more than 2 million acres of wild public lands such as western Colorado’s Piceance Basin and Utah’s San Rafael Swell will experience fouled water, disrupted wildlife, polluted air and damaged habitat if the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hurtles forward with a plan to open these lands to oil shale and tar sands development, according to a letter submitted to the BLM today by a diverse coalition of conservationists, citizens, local governments and recreation enthusiasts.

“Based on the BLM’s analysis, local lives and livelihoods would be irreparably affected by commercial development activities involving oil shale or tar sands resources,” the letter states. “A wide range of environmental values, including clean air, clean water, climate, recreation, water supply, and wildlife habitat” would also see adverse impacts, according to the letter.

Oil shale is a rock that yields an oil-like substance when heated to extreme temperatures, and tar sands contain extremely heavy oil mixed with sand and clay. While tar sands are present only in Utah, oil shale is present in all three states.

New technologies for the safe commercial exploration of oil shale are at least a decade away, according to industry experts. Despite the need for additional years of research, the Bush Administration’s BLM is rushing before it leaves office to complete public comment on a draft environmental impact statement that could pave the way for commercial–scale leasing. The BLM is taking this step even while it manages a robust research and development program meant to overcome significant technological obstacles posed by the commercial development of oil shale and tar sands.

“The BLM is putting their socks on over their shoes,” said Steve Smith, The Wilderness Society’s assistant regional director for Colorado and Utah. “This move toward commercial leasing would likely lead to the imprudent transfer of tens of thousands of acres of federal lands to international oil companies and oil shale speculators. Oil shale development in its current form has devastating impacts on the land and the people who live nearby.”

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 09-04-07

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Action Alerts

Aasian karhutarhaus: HELP RESCUE CAGED MOON BEARS
Please sign this petition to be sent to the Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean Governments

DawnWatch: NY Times Magazine on pet food animal testing 9/2/07
“They Eat What We Are”

DawnWatch: Solomon Islands lifts dolphin export ban — International Herald Tribune 9/2/07
“Plan to export dolphins raising activists’ anger; Solomon Islands has little else to sell”

Environmental Defense (ED): Take Action to Support Transportation Solutions
You can earn “transformation points” for your state while helping decrease your pollution and carbon emissions by taking our Transportation Solutions and Personal Action Pledges.

National Wildlife Federation (NWF): Protect Orcas from Global Warming!
Congress needs to act now and reduce global warming pollution and ensure that wildlife such as orcas are protected from global warming!

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-31-07

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Action Alerts

American Freedom Campaign: Tell your Senators to confirm an attorney general who will defend the Constitution.
Tell Senate: No more Albertos!

American Rivers: RiverAlert: Tell the Army Corps to Close Hurricane Highway
Urge the Corps to properly close the MRGO. Comments are due Tuesday, September 4, so please act today!

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): California: Urge Governor to Sign Pet Protective Order Bill
California Pet Protection Bill Now Before Governator! CA SB 353, a bill that will allow courts to include animals in restraining orders against batterers, has passed both houses of the Legislature.

Audubon: Last Wild Whooping Cranes Threatened
Tell the Army Corps of Engineers to put this development project on hold until proper environmental review can be conducted.

Audubon: Close the ‘Hurricane Highway’ in New Orleans
Let the Army Corps of Engineers know why restoring coastal wetlands is both good environmental policy and good for New Orleans.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-24-07

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Action Alerts

International Fund for Horses: Wag a Straw: HR 503 and S 311
Take Action Today Against Horse Slaughter! Wag a Straw at Congress Asking Them to Swiftly Pass The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act

The Wilderness Society: Off-road vehicles threaten largest recommended wilderness in Lower 48
Send the Forest Service your letter today to help protect the Salmon-Challis forest and its wildlands, sensitive ecosystems and wildlife habitat, and quiet recreation opportunities from unmanaged dirt bikes, ATVs, and other off-road vehicles.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA): Support the Bear Protection Act
End the Illegal Trade in Bear Bile.

World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA): Help WSPA end cruel contest in Taiwan
At Taiwan’s “Pigs of God” contest hundreds of pigs that have been force-fed to increase their weight to grotesque proportions are slaughtered while fully conscious as part of this so-called “festival”.

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

The Petition Site: The Wolf and the Donkey, Update
End their misery – Free this wolf and donkey in Albania

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-13-07

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Action Alerts

DawnWatch: Cage-free eggs on NY Times front page 8/12/07
“Suddenly, the Hunt Is on for Cage-Free Eggs”

The Wilderness Society: Help the Spotted Owl and Northwest Forests
The Bush Administration is now attempting to revise the Plan to undermine key wildlife protections, including habitat reserves for the northern spotted owl and other at-risk species.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF): Push for an Ocean Protection Treaty
WWF has launched a campaign to urge Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to hold a hearing on U.S. ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention.

Carnivals

Carnival of Open Records #2 (August 13, 2007 @ State Sunshine and Open Records)

Vegetarian Carnival #5 (August 13, 2007 @ Country Kitchen Pantry)

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-02-07

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Action Alerts

Audubon: Final Push for Renewable Electricity
Please ask your Representative to support the Udall-Platts amendment

Center for Biological Diversity: Keep Mercenary Training Camp Out of San Diego Backcountry!
Blackwater has proposed establishing a military training camp in eastern San Diego County

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS): Help Pass the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act
Urge your reps to co-sponsor and support passage of S. 1880/H.R. 3219, the Dog Fighting Prohibition Act, and any legislation to crack down on dogfighting

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge USDA to Move Maggie to Sanctuary Before Winter
The Alaska Zoo Board Has Made Its Decision to Move Maggie; Please help make it happen before winter–write the USDA

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Survival of Wolves in Northern Rockies Jeopardized
“Take Action” by Aug. 6 to protect them from hunters

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Thank California retirement community for sparing deer
California Retirement Community Chooses to Spare Deer; Thank The Villages for using humane methods to manage wildlife

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-27-07

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Federal: The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Reintroduced in Congress

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): Missouri: “Pet Friendly” License Plates Now Available

DawnWatch: MSN on budget and health benefits of vegetarianism 7/26/07

DawnWatch: Shocking poultry slaughterhouse footage on Fox and on A&E’s “The Two Coreys” reality show 7/25 – 7/29/07

DawnWatch: Adidas lobbies to overturn Supreme Court upheld Kangaroo shoe ban NY Times, LA Times, NPR — 7/24 -7/25/07

DawnWatch: NY Times lead story “Bringing Moos and Oinks Into the Food Debate.” 7/25/07

Earthjustice: URGENT: Stop the Countdown to Wolves’ Slaughter

Friends of Animals (FoA): Help Stop the Bush Administration’s Latest Debacle: Aerial Gunning of Greater Yellowstone Wolves

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Urge Congress to stop oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Atlanta Falcons Quarterback Faces Felony Dog Fighting Charges / Urge the NFL to suspend Michael Vick from play under strong suspicion of criminal activity

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): Tell Nike to Drop Vick NOW!

Rainforest Action Network (RAN): Tell Ontario to Stop First Nation Exploitation!

Save the Manatee Club: Ask Governor Crist to Appoint New FWC Commissioners / Ensure Balanced and Science-Based Leadership on Manatee Protection Issues

Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL): Contact Legislators on Behalf of Animals Used for Research NOW

The Wilderness Society: Help protect community forests and restore wildlife habitat

Working Assets / Act for Change: Tell Nike to Cancel Michael Vick’s Endorsement Contract

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Bread for the World: Fairness Amendment to Farm Bill Fails in House; Fight For Meaningful Farm Reform Continues

Corporate Accountability International: Pepsi Agrees to Reveal Sources of Aquafina Bottled Water / In Response to Think Outside the Bottle Campiagn, Agrees to Print ”Public Water Source” on Labels

Dogs Deserve Better (DDB): Michael Vick & Dogfighting

Carnivals

Carnival of Hurricane Relief #98 (July 26, 2007 @ One Man Band)

Newsletters

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA): News Alert, July 27, 2007

In Defense of Animals (IDA): eNews, July 25, 2007

Petitions

STOP PUPPY MILLS!!!

CLARK COUNTY DOGS DESERVE BETTER

Stop Cruelty Taking Place on the Water

Help save Giraffes

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The Wilderness Society: Protect Open Space by Investing in National Forests

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

Protect Open Space by Investing in National Forests

According to the Forest Service, 64 million acres of open space, recreation lands, and forests will be developed by 2020, with higher rates of development around national forests and other public lands. This amounts to the size of Colorado, with 6,000 acres coming under development per day (about 250 football field’s worth of open space every hour).

To address this, the US Forest Service recently issued a draft Open Space Conservation Strategy. While the plan acknowledges the need to protect rapidly decreasing open spaces, it does not address the need for greater investment in federal land conservation programs such as the Land and Wildlife Conservation Fund and Forest Legacy.

The Forest Service needs to hear that should emphasize proactive plans for increasing conservation funding – not simply talk about how funding would be helpful. Please take a minute to write the Forest Service and emphasize the need to protect existing open space in America’s forests using conservation funding, improved management, protection of roadless areas, and increases in designated wilderness acres.

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The Wilderness Society: Utah Wilderness at Risk

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

Utah Wilderness at Risk

The White River Canyon and its side canyons provide exceptional opportunities for hiking, photography, rafting and canoeing. The deep canyons, high ridges, cliffs, and unique geologic features create spectacular vistas. The area’s scenic beauty is exceptional. Those are the words of the BLM when the agency described the White River Canyon area in Utah just 8 years ago.

But that was before the Bush Administration and its “drill first, ask questions later” policy. Now, the BLM is about to approve a gas company’s plans to drill 60 new gas wells in this superb area, altering its wilderness qualities forever.

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The Wilderness Society: Urge Your Member of Congress to Vote YES on the Hinchey-Wolf Amendment

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

Urge Your Member of Congress to Vote YES on the Hinchey-Wolf Amendment

An important vote affecting Wilderness areas and other public lands will be on the House floor this Wednesday, June 13.

Congressmen Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) will offer an amendment to The Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill this Wednesday to postpone final designation of two huge multi-state proposed energy transmission corridors for one year. These two corridors – one in the East and one in the Southwest – cover 11 states and over 210 counties inhabited by nearly 75 million Americans.

Please add your own words to the letter [here], then click on Send this Message. And thank you!

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NRDC & The Wilderness Society: Tell Congress to Support Our National Treasures

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

UPDATE, 7/3/07, via the Wilderness Society:

Thank Your Congressperson for Protecting the Tongass National Forest

Thank you is a word we probably don’t say enough, but now is the time to do just that.

Please write your Congressional Representative today to thank him or her for voting yes on an amendment the House approved for the Interior budget. The Andrews-Chabot Amendment stops wasting taxpayer dollars building new logging roads in the Tongass National Forest, America’s largest intact rainforest.

U.S. Representatives Robert E. Andrews (D-New Jersey, 1st) and Steve Chabot (R-Ohio, 1st) lead the bipartisan floor effort and deserve an additional thanks.

To let your representative know how much protecting the ecological integrity of the Tongass and the quality of life for southeast Alaska communities means to you, write your member of Congress [here].

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UPDATE, 6/12/07:

Looks like the Sierra Club wants in on the action too:

Take Action: Save Wild Alaskan Forests!

Known as America’s Rainforest, the Tongass National Forest is our nation’s most significant tract of old-growth forest and provide abundant habitat for a diversity of fish and wildlife species, many of which have declined substantially in the lower 48 states. Now the Forest Service is planning new logging roads and timber sales in this wild roadless forest, despite the fact that the Forest Service typically loses an average of $40 million each year logging this area. It’s time for Congress to take common sense action to eliminate these destructive practices.

Urge your member of Congress to stop subsidies for logging in the Tongass!

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Two more enviro alerts, this time in regards to upcoming Congressional votes that concern funding for federal lands and agencies.

First, from the Natural Resources Defense Council:

Tell your representative to protect the Tongass and other national treasures

The House of Representatives will vote this week on two critical appropriations bills that will determine how much to spend on
our most important environmental programs, including those that protect the Tongass National Forest and other public wildlands.

One important amendment would stop the Forest Service from spending our tax dollars to build logging roads through pristine
forestlands in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. For decades American taxpayers have been forced to subsidize nearly a billion dollars worth of clearcut logging in the Tongass — our country’s largest national forest and the world’s largest intact coastal temperate rainforest. Now the Forest Service has proposed increasing logging to five times current levels — and building thousands of miles of new roads at a cost of tens of millions of dollars every year. The Andrews-Chabot amendment to the Interior appropriations bill would end these harmful subsidies and protect the Tongass.

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The Wilderness Society: Help stop motorized recreation from destroying the Owyhees

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

Help stop motorized recreation from destroying the Owyhees

Rising sharply from the Snake River plains of Western Idaho, the Owyhee Mountains are home to pronghorn, soaring raptors and many other species. But this area has been badly overrun by off-road vehicles (ORVs) leading to population losses among some animals, including mule deer and sage grouse, as well as significant resource destruction.

Now the BLM is putting together a long term plan that will determine where ORVs will be allowed in the Owyhee Mountains, and your voice is urgently needed.

We need you to weigh in with the agency. In fact, your voice in this debate is more important than ever before, because the Blue Ribbon Coalition, a nationwide ORV group headquartered in Idaho is organizing its members to tell the BLM to continue to allow high levels of motorized use.

To take quick action, go to http://action.wilderness.org/campaign/owyhee_orv/

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The Wilderness Society: Ironwood National Monument

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

Ironwood National Monument

Ironwood Forest National Monument, 25 miles northwest of Tucson Arizona, was established because of its unique and extraordinary natural and cultural resources, including evidence of 5,000 years of human habitation.

After years of illegal off-road vehicle travel, unfettered target shooting, and encroaching mining activity, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is moving forward on a long term management plan for the Monument. You can help ensure that plan is a good one. Please add your thoughts to our letter [here], then click on “Send this Message.”

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The Wilderness Society: Roadless Area Protection – Make it Law

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

Roadless Area Protection – Make it Law

With open space dwindling and our public lands being targeted for many kinds of development, the natural areas on our national forests are more precious than ever. These undisturbed, roadless areas are important for wildlife, clean water, recreation and spiritual renewal.

Sens. Cantwell and Warner will introduce legislation shortly to protect our last remaining wild forests from harmful development. Their bill will be stronger if more Senators sign on. Please ask your senators to co-sponsor this bill.

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Audubon: Protect the Mt. St. Helens National Monument

Friday, May 4th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/10/07:

See also: Protect Mount St. Helens National Monument, from the Wilderness Society.

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Via Audubon:

Protect the Mt. St. Helens National Monument – Stop The Proposed Mine

The Bureau of Land Management recently released an Environmental Assessment outlining their preliminary decision to grant a lease to Idaho General Mines for a 3,000 acre mine site directly bordering Mt. St. Helens National Monument. Now is the time to let them know why this proposed mine is a bad idea and how it would affect a national treasure.

The value of this site for wildlife habitat has long been recognized. The lease area enters a designated Roadless Area, and encroaches on an ancient forest over 270 years old.

This is potential nesting habitat for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl and for several birds listed as ‘needing conservation’ on the 2004 Washington State of the Birds report including: Northern Goshawk, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Vaux’s Swift, and American Blackback Woodpecker. The effects on all these species from a mine—traffic, toxic dust, stream destruction, and so on—have not yet been assessed.

As more money and effort is expended, momentum will build to grant the mining company further leases to begin mining.

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The Wilderness Society: Don’t let drilling destroy the Upper Green

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

Don’t let drilling destroy the Upper Green

Welcome to the southern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, with its mountain vistas, sagebrush mesas, and verdant ribbons of forest. Home to the longest wildlife migration corridor in the lower 48, the Upper Green River Valley is quickly being consumed by gas drilling, resulting in hazy skies, heavy traffic, and greatly reduced populations of wildlife.

Even so, the Bush Administration plans to triple the number of wells there, to more than 10,000 gas wells. But there’s an alternative plan – one that promotes balance and sensible growth. Help us tell the Bureau of Land Management to choose a better plan before the June 18 public comment deadline.

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The Wilderness Society: No drilling in Wyoming Range!

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

No drilling in Wyoming Range!

The Wyoming Range, a part of the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, has caught the interest of the energy industry, which hopes that the huge payouts found in the neighboring Upper Green River Valley will extend into the mountains.

One Houston energy firm is seeking to drill wildcat wells in the Range’s upper Hoback drainage. The drill site would be in a Roadless area considered crucial winter range for moose and vital for the recovery of Canada lynx. A lucrative energy strike here could usher in an onslaught of industrial drilling across the Wyoming Range, degrading the character of this scenic mountain range forever.

The Wilderness Society is part of an effort to stop this project. You can help by weighing in with the Forest Service.

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The Wilderness Society: Yellowstone Deserves Better

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

UPDATE, 5/15/07:

Here’s a similar alert, this time from the National Parks Conservation Association:

America’s First National Park at a Crossroads

Ten million dollars. That’s how much has been spent on scientific studies that clearly demonstrate that Yellowstone’s air quality, peace and quiet, and wildlife would be best protected if snowmobiles were replaced with the expanded public access offered by modern snowcoaches. So why is Yellowstone National Park proposing to allow daily snowmobile limits to continue at 720 snowmobiles per day–nearly triple the current daily average of 250? Make sense to you? We didn’t think so, either. Nearly 300,000 people have vocally demonstrated their opposition to snowmobile use in Yellowstone. Sound science backs up that public outcry. Most importantly, the policy that guides park managers on resource protection says the park service must select the ‘least impacting’ forms of transportation for parks. Snowmobiles in Yellowstone violates park policy, rebuke science and directly ignore public sentiment. A decision in favor of continued snowmobile use could have devastating results on Yellowstone’s resources, wildlife and, visitor experience. Tell the Park Service that you want to put the issue of snowmobile use in Yellowstone to bed once and for all.

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Via The Wilderness Society:

Yellowstone Deserves Better

Despite repeated and conclusive studies that show that snowmobiles add to air and noise pollution and disturb wildlife in Yellowstone, the Bush Administration is proposing to allow up to triple the current permitted number of snowmobiles into America’s first national park.

Tell the Park Service to mind the science, and protect Yellowstone. Together, we can stop this nonsensical scheme.

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The Wilderness Society: Keep Wyoming Wildlife Safe!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Via The Wilderness Society:

Keep Wyoming Wildlife Safe!

The Pinedale Anticline in western Wyoming’s Upper Green River Valley harbors significant winter range for world class populations of mule deer, pronghorn and sage grouse, as well as large herds of moose and elk. It also occupies ground zero in the Bush Administration’s plan to sacrifice ecologically sensitive public lands to the oil and gas industry.

The Anticline is a highly profitable gas field outside the town of Pinedale where industry is seeking to radically escalate the level of development, from 500 wells now to more than 4,000 in the future. This, despite ample evidence that past drilling has pushed wintering mule deer off this crucial piece of winter
habitat.

The Wilderness Society is part of an effort to reduce the scale of this project. You can help by weighing in with the BLM. To send a letter and be heard, click here.

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