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Lawsuit victory would mean business as usual under the Endangered Species ActApril 11, 2014
The lesser prairie chicken, which was listed under the Endangered Species Act two weeks ago, just got some more bad news. On Thursday, three environmental pressure groups—Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, and Wild Earth Guardians—filed an intent to sue the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service over a conservation plan for the bird the agency approved at the time of listing. Ironically, while these groups claim the lawsuit will help the prairie chicken, a win will actually be detrimental to the species by discouraging landowners from conserving it. With almost all of the prairie chicken’s habitat in private hands, landowners are the key to the bird’s conservation.
Fish & Wildlife Service has reopened the comment period for proposed listing of red knot, a species of sandpiper that migrates from South America up the East Coast in the spring and takes a variety of routes south in the fall, including along the Gulf Coast. While officials in Delaware like the red knot, because it congregates there and is a tourism draw, officials in North Carolina and Texas are worried if the bird is listed under the Endangered Species Act it could interfere with economic activity, such as dredging shipping channels and home building.
An editorial in today's Odessa American laments that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service went ahead and listed the lesser prairie chicken. The editorial notes that the plan was unable to accomplish its goal of preventing the prairie chicken's listing.
The successful approach is incentives-based, not top-downMarch 28, 2014
On March 27, the long-held fears of the oil and gas industry, various state governments, and thousands of landowners were confirmed when the lesser prairie chicken was listed under the Endangered Species Act. The lesser prairie chicken, a member of the grouse family, has much of its habitat in the Permian Basin of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, a region that just happens to produce 15 percent of all U.S. oil and five percent of U.S. natural gas.
In order to conserve the prairie chicken, U.S. Fish and Wildlife needs a plan.
By honoring late gorilla activist Dian Fossey, Google unintentionally pays homage to oppressive, colonial model of wildlife conservationJanuary 16, 2014, 1:04pm
Today, the “doodle” on Google’s website—the artistic rendition of the company’s logo—is dedicated to the late gorilla advocate, Dian Fossey. Honoring Fossey, however, is an odd choice for Google, a company that takes great pride in doing good and whose motto for a long time was “Don’t be Evil.”
While Fossey loved gorillas, she had a much dimmer view of people, especially the poor, rural Rwandans who lived adjacent to the sanctuary where she worked. In her zeal to protect the gorillas and their habitat from farmers and poachers, Fossey was more cruel oppressor than compassionate conservationist.
The ESA's record of success has been badly exaggerated, and the Act has been detrimental to the conservation of species it was designed to protectDecember 31, 2013
Since its passage in 1973, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) has become one of America’s most powerful and controversial environmental laws. With 2014 being the 40th anniversary year of the Act's passage, there has been a surge of interest in the Act. Unfortunately, most analyses and reports repeat myths and misconceptions regarding the impact and value of the Act. For 20 years, Brian Seasholes has been investigating the ESA and other ways of conserving endangered species. In a series of analyses for Reason, he seeks to address the real impact of the Act and to propose practical reforms.
The Endangered Species Act may have done more harm than good to the bald eagleDecember 23, 2013
The Endangered Species Act’s 40th anniversary is fast approaching. Unfortunately its proponents and many in the media are giving it undue credit for recovering species, foremost among them the bald eagle. “The bald eagle is making a spectacular comeback from near-extinction thanks to the Endangered Species Act,” according to American Rivers, Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife, Earthjustice, Endangered Species Coalition, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Wildlife Federation, and U.S. PIRG.
In reality, the bald eagle has never been on the verge of extinction, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) can’t be credited with the most important factor in the eagle’s conservation, and the act may have caused more harm than good. Here’s what you won’t hear from proponents about the bald eagle’s conservation and tenure under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The Endangered Species Act can't be credited with the American peregrine falcon reboundDecember 20, 2013
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) turns 40 in December, and one of the highest profile species used by supporters and most in the media to prove the act’s success is the American peregrine falcon, a sub-species that lives largely in the lower 48 states. Reality, however, paints a very different picture.
“‛Protection’ under the ESA was unnecessary and provided no positive benefit for Peregrine restoration,” according to Tom Cade and the late Bill Burnham, two of the world’s foremost authorities on the bird, and founder and then-president, respectively, of the Peregrine Fund, the organization that led peregrine recovery efforts. They add, “In fact, it may have worked to the contrary because of the onerous permitting system imposed to do work with the species and the excessive involvement of law enforcement.” There are, however, several key factors that did contribute to the peregrine’s conservation but you’ll seldom if ever hear about them from ESA advocates, if at all.
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By honoring late gorilla activist Dian Fossey, Google unintentionally pays homage to oppressive, colonial model of wildlife conservation
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- Comment Period Re-Opened on Proposal to List Rufa Red Knot as Threatened (4/4)
- The Prairie Chicken Ruling Doesn't Make Sense (4/4)
- Landowners Are the Key to Prairie Chicken Conservation (3/28)
- Google "Doodle" Celebrates Cruelty and Colonialism (1/16)
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