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NWF, affiliates: Let sage-grouse conservation plans work

Wed, 04/27/2016

Greater sage-grouse number fewer than a half million across the West. Image: NWF

DENVER -- The National Wildlife Federation and its Western state affiliates strongly oppose a provision in the defense bill that would do nothing to improve national security but would derail efforts to conserve the greater sage-grouse and the sagebrush steppe.

In a letter sent April 26 to the House Committee on Armed Services, the organizations detailed the problems with a section in the National Defense Authorization Act that would block plans to conserve sage grouse across the West. 

The organizations noted the conservation plans approved by the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service were developed with input from states and private landowners. 

"We simply cannot afford any roadblocks, especially with all the work, collaboration and momentum we have toward conserving this iconic bird and the sagebrush landscape, which is so important to our local economies and activities our communities rely on, like ranching and recreation," says Joy Bannon, field director for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation.


NWF's O'Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands

Sun, 03/20/2016

NWF CEO and President Collin O'Mara praises the Wyoming Wildlife Federation's work on public lands. Photo:Judith Kohler/NWF

By Judith Kohler, NWF

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Some of the country's most important conversations about wildlife and public lands are taking place in Wyoming and the Wyoming Wildlife Federation is the right organization to help provide a pragmatic approach to "bring people together to get big things done again," National Wildlife Federation CEO and President Collin O'Mara said.

O'Mara told the crowd of more than 200 at the Wyoming Wildlife Federation's annual banquet that between the extremes on wildlife and conservation issues is "the commonsense big middle."

"What this country needs more than anything else  right now is folks and organizations that can bring people together to get big things done again," O'Mara said at the March 5 dinner. "You guys have the right pragmatic idea for how we can bring people together."



Wyoming Wildlife Federation hires new executive director

Thu, 12/17/2015

Chamois Andersen is the new executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation.

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Wildlife Federation has hired Chamois Andersen as executive director. She has served as publications and communications manager for the Wyoming State Geological Survey and communications manger for the Environment and Natural Resources Program at the University of Wyoming.

Her natural resource agency work includes head of communications for the Marine Region for the California Department of Fish and Game and public information officer for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. An angler and outdoors enthusiast, Andersen lives with her husband, a University of Wyoming associate professor, and daughter in Laramie.



Sportsmen, wildlife groups address mule deer declines

Mon, 09/22/2014

Sportsmen and wildlife advocates in Wyoming and Colorado are exploring the reasons for mule deer declines and solutions. iStock Photo

BOULDER, Colo. – Wyoming and Colorado have long been home to some of the country’s largest mule deer herds, but continuing declines in the quintessential Western species are prompting hunters and wildlife enthusiasts to team up with state agencies and researchers to stem the losses and boost populations.

The National Wildlife Federation and its Colorado and Wyoming affiliates are working with other advocates and state wildlife agencies to determine what’s driving down mule deer numbers and how to reverse the troubling trend.

NWF and CWF participated in a recent statewide summit hosted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get input for its Colorado West Slope Mule Deer Strategy. Biologists will present the draft plan to the wildlife commission in November. A CWF/NWF fact sheet, “Legacy in the Crosshairs: Colorado’s ‘Mule-Deer Factory’ on the Decline.”

The Wyoming Wildlife Federation helped establish the Wyoming Mule Deer Coalition, which, in cooperation with Wyoming Game and Fish, organized the first annual mule deer sumit  in August to explore the causes of the muleys’ decline and solutions.