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Press Releases
Sep 26, 2005
President’s Healthy Forests Plan Suffers Setback in New Mexico: First Ever Healthy Forest Project in NM Stopped

A Forest Service review of the Perk-Grindstone Thinning Project in Ruidoso found several violations of President Bush’s new law intended to expedite forest thinning.
Contact: WildEarth Guardians

Public Lands
Sep 22, 2005
The Endangered Species Act’s Fight for its Life – HR 3824 Will Gut the ESA

Congress is now considering a bill that would destroy the Endangered Species Act. The power of this law to provide more public oversight on ill-considered water projects, oil and gas drilling, grazing, logging, has generated many opponents.
Contact: WildEarth Guardians

Wildlife
#EndangeredSpeciesAct
Sep 20, 2005
Agency accused of botching efforts to save fish

Two former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees claimed on Monday (9/19/05) that the agency willfully violated the Endangered Species Act by letting the Rio Grande run dry at inappropriate times
Contact: Tim Korte Associated Press

Wildlife
#EndangeredSpeciesAct
Sep 19, 2005
Appeal of the County Line Vegetation Management Project Record of Decision and Environmental Impact Statement Rio Grande Nationa

Contrary to the stated conclusion that the project will help reduce spruce beetles, careful scrutiny of the proposed prescriptions suggests that the project may actually increase spruce beetle populations.
Contact: WildEarth Guardians

Rivers
#ReviveTheRio
Sep 19, 2005
New Report Casts Doubt on Rio Grande National Forest Logging Proposal

Analysis of Over 300 Relevant Studies Shows Industrial Logging is Not the Solution to Forest Insect Outbreaks
Contact: WildEarth Guardians

Rivers
#ReviveTheRio
Sep 19, 2005
Former Government Biologists Claim Water and Wildlife Agencies Systematically Violating Endangered Species Act on Rio Grande

FWS directors in the Southwest Region used fear of retribution to intimidate biologists and appease politically powerful water interests
Contact: WildEarth Guardians

Wildlife
#EndangeredSpeciesAct
Sep 17, 2005
Fish and Wildlife Plan Meetings About Rare Falcon

The federal agency has acknowledged that designating a nonessential experimental population will change the bird’s status in the two states from endangered to threatened.
Contact: Associated Press

Climate + Energy
#KeepItInTheGround
Sep 15, 2005
Green Groups Oppose Bush Pick for Fish & Wildlife Service – Illegal Orders, Altering Scientific Findings and Developer-Frien

A coalition of groups released a letter to Congress charging that Dale Hall, currently the USFWS Southwest regional director, gave illegal orders, rewrote scientific conclusions, and forbid biologists from considering genetic information.
Contact: Jeff Ruch

Climate + Energy
#KeepItInTheGround
Sep 15, 2005
Thinning Cut Back In Cibola Forest

The real focus of these Forest Service projects should be fireproofing people’s homes and residential area, not fireproofing the forest because we can’t fireproof the forest.
Contact: Albuquerque Journal

Public Lands
Sep 7, 2005
USFS delays road closure for cattle removal

The USFS is negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the State of Arizona to arrange for a brand inspector to be present when the cattle are removed from the allotments and impounded. A brand inspector will verify ownership.
Contact: Walter Mares Copper Era – Eastern Arizona Courier

Public Lands