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Saving the Sagebrush Sea: An Imperiled Western Legacy

Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival.


Report: Deer, pronghorn numbers decline in Colorado, Wyoming as demands on public lands rise

Mule Deer
A new report by the National Wildlife Federation details the trend of declining populations of mule deer and pronghorns in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming. Veteran wildlife biologists John Ellenberger and Gene Byrne say data from the past 30 years show that growing demands on the landscape, including more people and energy development, are corresponding with animal numbers and slower rebounds from such cyclical pressures as drought and disease. They urge more coordination of public land management and planning for increased energy development.

Drilling on moose habitat: 58,000 public comments

March 31, 2011 - The Bridger-Teton National Forest has received 58,000 comments on its proposal to allow drilling in critical moose habitat in Wyoming.  OurPublicLands members contributed 2,500 comments in opposition to drilling on thousands of acres of critical moose habitat.  According to the Bridger-Teton Forest Supervisor, the majority of the comments received expressed concern for natural resources such as water, air, and wildlife.  In addition, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) submitted comments stating that the draft environmental impact statement underestimates the negative impacts to wildlife.  Read the article about WGFD's comments here.

Take Action For Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat Trout
Hydraulic fracturing is a method used to extract natural gas that involves blasting a solution of water, sand and chemicals into underground rock formations at high pressure. 
Since 2005, this practice has been exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act.  This exemption increases the risk that improperly managed development could lead to the fouling of underground aquifers, many of which supply drinking water and are hydrologically connected with surface water fisheries.
TAKE ACTION to protect cutthroat trout from hydraulic fracturing chemicals.

Victory for Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

March 3, 2011 - Prior to the mid-1800s, bighorn sheep were abundant throughout the West, with numbers estimated at 1.5 to 2 million. Large declines occurred because of overharvest, habitat loss, competition for forage, and disease transmission from domestic sheep that grazed in bighorn sheep habitat. Today, bighorn populations are less than 30% of historic levels. In March of 2010, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) joined with partners in Idaho including the Nez Perce tribe and the Idaho Wildlife Federation to provide comments to the Payette National Forest (PNF) as it prepared an update to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement regarding the effects of domestic sheep grazing on bighorn habitat. As a result, the Forest Service announced their decision to close much of Payette National Forest to domestic sheep grazing where conflicts exist.