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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.
 


 

Torbit caps 19 years as advocate, scientist with NWF

Torbit Hunting

BOULDER, Colo. _ After nearly 19 years with the National Wildlife Federation, Steve Torbit is returning to his roots as a scientist working for the government on wildlife issues.

Torbit’s last day as executive director of NWF’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center in Boulder was Aug. 5. He is the new assistant regional director for science applications at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Lakewood, Colo.

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

Moose
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.

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