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Press Releases
Jan 3, 2005
Protection Sought for Aplomado Falcon Habitat: Fish and Wildlife Service Refuses to Consider Endangered Species Act Petition

A coalition of environmental groups today challenged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) refusal to consider designation of critical habitat for the endangered Northern Aplomado Falcon

Wildlife
#EndangeredSpeciesAct
Jan 1, 2005
Once numbering millions of birds across eleven western states, today only 140,000 greater sage grouse remain.

The historic range of sage grouse included parts of sixteen Western states and three Canadian provinces. Since 1900 sage grouse populations have been reduced as their sagebrush habitat has been destroyed, degraded, and fragmented by human activities.

Climate + Energy, Wildlife
#KeepItInTheGround, #SafeguardTheSagebrushSea
Dec 9, 2004
60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue Under the Endangered Species Act

The "not warranted" determination on the petition to list the swift fox as endangered is arbitrary and capricious, does not use best science, and illegally considers future conservation actions as a reason not to list the species.

Wildlife
#EndTheWarOnWildlife
Dec 9, 2004
This study provided a second year of monitoring for Abert’s squirrel densities across a broad spectrum of ponderosa pine forest

Squirrel densities were found to be extremely low in comparison with most other regions and times.

Public Lands, Wildlife
#WildlandsForWildlife
Dec 9, 2004
Federal Safeguards Sought For Imperiled Prairie Fox – Coalition Challenges Removal of Swift Fox from Endangered Species Act Cand

Today a coalition led by WildEarth Guardians gave notice to the Department of Interior and the US Fish and Wildlife Service of its intention to sue over the Service's decision to refuse Endangered Species Act protection to the prairie-dwelling swift fox.

Wildlife
#EndangeredSpeciesAct
Dec 8, 2004
WildEarth Guardians seeks the documents at issue to determine why FWS abruptly reversed its prior decision to protect the Mountain Plover

While the Service did release several thousand documents to the group three days after the July suit was filed, it is still withholding key information.

Wildlife
#EndangeredSpeciesAct
Dec 8, 2004
Federal Safeguards Sought For Declining Prairie Dog – Continued Bush Administration Bottleneck on Endangered Species Protection

There is growing recognition among scientists that one important way to address the mounting extinction crisis is to protect particular plants and wildlife whose conservation benefits associated species.

Wildlife
#EndangeredSpeciesAct, #ProtectPrairieDogEmpires
Dec 8, 2004
Group Fights for Access to Government Endangered Species Information: Bush Administration Continues to Withhold Key Mountain Plover

The conservation group filed three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests last fall to compel the Service to release information over the controversial plover listing withdrawal and then sued in July over a long overdue response to the requests.

Wildlife
#EndangeredSpeciesAct
Dec 8, 2004
The Fish and Wildlife Services’ failure to issue a substantial information finding on the Gunnison’s Prairie Dog listing petition

On October 14, 2004 the FWS sent a letter to Dr. Nicole Rosmarino of WildEarth Guardians indicating it is likely that the FWS will not initiate a "substantial information" review on the Gunnison's Prairie Dog petition in FY 2005 without a court order.

Wildlife
#EndTheWarOnWildlife, #ProtectPrairieDogEmpires
Dec 6, 2004
Citizens Propose Plan to Restore Forests in Manzanos: Proposal Counters First U.S. Forest Service Project in New Mexico to…

A coalition of homeowners and environmental groups has asked the Cibola National Forest to consider an alternative proposal to restore forests in the Manzano Mountains that would not require logging and road building

Public Lands
#WildlandsForWildlife