Category Archives: Endangered Species Act

How should one measure the Endangered Species Act’s performance?

“…only a tiny fraction of the species that have been listed under the Act have recovered.” And did you know that there are more extinct species than there are species? — jtl, 419 by Damien M. Schiff via the Pacific … Continue reading

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U.S., Mexico wildlife officials draft jaguar recovery plan

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press via The Journal Enlargephoto ALBUQUERQUE — A team of wildlife officials in the United States and Mexico on Monday released details of a proposed recovery plan for the endangered jaguar, prompting criticism from environmental … Continue reading

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BLM sage grouse guidelines will bury land users in paperwork

 by THOMAS MITCHELL The Bureau of Land Management this past week issued eight guideline memos instructing federal land managers in 11 Western states as to how they are to carry out policies intended to protect greater sage grouse — a … Continue reading

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Rolling Back the Tide of Big Government Overreach

Washington’s overreach has been rolled back—by courts and commissioners and, even, in response, the government itself. In little more than 30 days, there have been five distinct cases that you may have missed—each, a victory for responsible land use.   … Continue reading

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Sage grouse, Western ranchers dodge the ESA bullet, sort of

…it’s likely that many people in the West consider the decision to not list the bird as a huge victory. Whether or not it’s a lasting victory remains to be seen. Indeed, once these crazy ideas break the surface, they … Continue reading

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Texas judge says ESA listing for lesser prairie chicken is a no-go

 A federal district judge in Midland, Texas threw a high hard one Wednesday when he invalidated the listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Always proud to be a Texas and, in this case, particularly … Continue reading

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Litigation and Increased Planning’s Impact on Our Nation’s Overgrown, Fire-Prone National Forests

 Between 1989 and 2008, 1,125 lawsuits were filed against the Forest Service.  Many more have been filed since then … There is no doubt that litigation has had a profound impact on the Forest Service and subsequently the management and … Continue reading

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Cruel gray wolf release experiment needs to end

Public testimony demonstrated little support from the local communities for the release of another naïve (born and raised in captivity) wolf. Dr E Lamar Smith taught me a great many things about the “real world.” One that always stood out … Continue reading

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Utah prairie dog ruling stokes national conversation about endangered species

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dee Benson said the federal government cannot use the commerce clause to regulate threatened species if that species is only found in one state. The Utah prairie dog is only found in Utah. Benson … Continue reading

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Mystery Saiga Antelope Die-Off Stumps Scientists

A month ago, Kazakhstan was home to 250,000 saigas. The population was considered a conservation success story. Now, the United Nations has confirmed that 120,000 saigas are dead, and the number may continue to rise. Must be Global Warming, don’t … Continue reading

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