Center for Biological Diversity News Release TUCSON, Ariz.— The Trump administration will waive dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction through federally protected sites in Arizona and California. Today’s announcement from the Department of Homeland Security says waivers will be used to build walls through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife […]

via Trump Administration Waives Laws to Build 100 Miles of Border Wall Across Arizona National Monument, Wildlife Refuges — Natural History Wanderings

David Bernhardt, Secretary of the Department of the Interior Source: Huffington Post By Chris D’Angelo The Bureau of Land Management, the federal agency that oversees more than 245 million acres of public land, has stripped its conservation-focused mission statement from agency news releases. Boilerplate language ― the bureau’s longstanding mission statement ― was printed at […]

via Bureau Of Land Management Scrubs Stewardship Language From News Releases — Straight from the Horse’s Heart

Rare Piping Plovers May Be At Increased Risk Due To High Lake Levels

The small endangered population of Piping Plovers may be at increased risk due to high Great Lake levels in Canada and the Northern U.S., as beaches are reduced in size forcing nesting birds closer to cover where they are easy prey for predators like raccoons and skunks.

The Tern population may likewise face the same problems, as Great Lake levels continue to rise due to spring melt and much higher than average rainfalls in the lake-feeding tributary systems.

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Ed Quillen used to say that oil shale had been the, “Next big thing for 100 years.” Here’s the release from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (Ray Bloxham) via Earth Justice: Conservation groups today sued the Trump administration to challenge what would be the nation’s first commercial-scale oil shale mine and processing facility. The lawsuit […]

via Lawsuit challenges @POTUS administration approval of #Utah #oilshale development — Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance #ActOnClimate #KeepItInTheGround — Coyote Gulch

Click here to read a new report on oil shale exploration and production [well, maybe someday] from Melinda Kassen: For more than a century, efforts to wring oil out of rock formations in the Rocky Mountain West have waxed and waned. The deposits underlying northwestern Colorado, southwestern Wyoming and northeastern Utah have been portrayed as […]

via Water Under Pressure: What Oil Shale Could Mean for Western Water, Fish and Wildlife — Coyote Gulch

Reuters reports The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two long-mothballed leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, a key step in opening up the popular wilderness and recreation area to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups. Read story at Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to […]

via Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining  — Natural History Wanderings