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Volcanic spires, dunes, Joshua trees: California's desert gets new federal protection 12.2.2016 LA Times: Environment

President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert Thursday, expanding federal protection to 1.8 million acres of landscapes that have retained their natural beauty despite decades of heavy mining, cattle ranching and off-roading.

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Military bases among winners of $720M in conservation grants 12.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
FORT STEWART, Ga. (AP) — Military bases in three U.S. states will share $17.5 million in conservation funding to protect longleaf pine forests used for training troops and for helping threatened species recover.
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NRDC: Designating New Monuments in California Desert is Smart Conservation Move 12.2.2016 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (February 12, 2016) – President Obama today announced he is designating three new national monuments in the California desert – Mojave Trails near the Kelso ghost town, Sand to Snow near Yucca Valley, and Castle Mountains northwest of Needles.
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Obama creates 3 new national monuments to protect 1.8 million acres of California desert 12.2.2016 LA Times: Science

President Obama designated three new national monuments in the California desert Thursday, expanding federal protection to 1.8 million acres of landscapes that have retained their natural beauty despite decades of heavy mining, cattle ranching and off-roading.

The designation was requested by U.S....

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Conservation group reaches deal to buy Bothell golf course 11.2.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

The conservation group Forterra announced its purchase of the 89-acre Wayne Golf Course along the Sammamish River on Wednesday. Former Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed had bought the back nine year and planned to build luxury houses on it.
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Colorado jury convicts Oregon man who netted $3.5M in easement scheme 11.2.2016 Denver Post: Local
A Denver jury convicted an Oregon man Tuesday of orchestrating an elaborate scheme that exploited Colorado's flawed conservation easement program and netted himself about $3.5 ...
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President Obama's Proposed Budget Short-changes Endangered Species 11.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2017 continues a trend of flat or declining funding for the protection and recovery of endangered species. The Service’s overall budget request for the endangered species program increased slightly to $251 million from $234 million, but still represents less than 15 percent of the $2.2 billion in annual subsidies the federal government gives to oil and gas companies to extract fossil fuels on public ...
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Survival International accuses WWF of involvement in violence and abuse 10.2.2016 Survival International
Forced out of the forest, many Baka communities complain of a serious decline in their health. Living on the roadside, they are increasingly exposed to malaria and other diseases. © Survival International Survival International has launched a formal complaint about the activities of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Cameroon. This is the first time a conservation organization has been the subject of a complaint to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), using a procedure more normally invoked against multinational corporations. The complaint charges WWF with involvement in violent abuse and land theft against Baka “Pygmies” in Cameroon, carried out by anti-poaching squads which it in part funds and equips. Before beginning its work in Cameroon, WWF failed to consider what impact it would have on the Baka . As a result, WWF has contributed to serious human rights violations and broken the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It supports ...
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Landowners say Colorado wrongly rescinded $116 million in tax credits 10.2.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Colorado landowners who say the state wrongly disallowed more than $116 million in conservation-easement tax credits told legislators Tuesday that revenue officials have bullied and harassed them for nearly a decade.
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Fries with that? Man accused of tossing gator at drive-thru 10.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly ...
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State drops idea of RV park, cabins near I-90 wildlife crossings 10.2.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Concern from agencies and conservation groups about the impact on the success of animal crossings under construction along Interstate 90 has killed the idea to offer the State Parks property for private development.
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Who Knew This Big Creature Starts Out Small Enough To Fit On Your Fingertip 10.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This photo may seem fishy, but it’s completely real. Jay Rooker , a marine biologist and professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, took the photo of a baby Atlantic swordfish in 2013 while he was surveying the northern waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With the aid of a team, he conducts larval fish surveys, and this little guy was caught using  a Neuston net  the group towed at the surface. It’s hard to believe but this tiny tot -- which can fit on top of a fingertip -- could have grown to be as big as 39 inches within its first year, according to marine biologist  Juan C. Levesque . Levesque told The Huffington Post that a typical swordfish weighs between 250 to 325 pounds, but it can grow to be much bigger. For instance, the largest on record in Florida, where some of the biggest swordfish are  believed to be found , was caught in Key Largo and weighed 612 pounds, according to  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission . That hefty weight is a sign of the species bouncing back from the ...
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Ten Priorities for a Green Budget 8.2.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday, February 9, the Obama administration will present its last budget to Congress. With most of his signature environmental initiatives accomplished, and Congress unlikely to adopt any pro-active environmental laws he proposes, writing the first iteration of the must-pass federal budget is one of the last opportunities President Obama has to shape policy for our air, water, our lands and our climate. Here are ten priorities for a healthier, greener future we're looking for in the president's budget. 1. The nation's most important land conservation program. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has created or expanded 40,000 parks and other projects in all 50 states for Americans to hike, fish, paddle, or just enjoy the great outdoors. Revenue from offshore drilling leases is dedicated to fund the program, but Congress has consistently raided those funds, and last year even allowed this critical conservation program to expire. A green budget should fully fund the Land & Water Conservation ...
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Obama Administration Weakens Critical Habitat Protections for Nation's Endangered Species 5.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A new regulation finalized today by the Obama administration will put hundreds of endangered plants and animals at greater risk of extinction by dramatically reducing protections for their designated critical habitat.

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Rare Footage Captures America's Only Known Wild Jaguar 5.2.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the Santa Rita Mountains outside of Tucson, Arizona, roams a lonely and unlikely predator.  His name is El Jefe, Spanish for "the boss" -- and he is  America's only known wild jaguar . While scientists have been tracking the animal for about three years, the big cat is making his video debut after the nonprofits Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity unveiled dramatic footage of the predator in his natural environment. " A lot of people have no idea that we have jaguars in the United States or that they belong here," said the center's Randy Serraglio, according to The Associated Press. "In bringing this video, we hope to inspire people to care about these animals and support protection for their homes." Jaguars once roamed throughout the American Southwest , with historical reports putting them as far north as the Grand Canyon and as far east as Louisiana, the center said in a statement. But over the last 150 years, these large, majestic felines vanished from their U.S. range as ...
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The Lonely Jaguar of the United States 4.2.2016 Yahoo: Politics
There are about 15,000 jaguars living in the wild today. They are solitary creatures, preferring to live and hunt alone. But the one living and hunting in the United States takes the word “loner” to another level: The jaguar, nicknamed “El Jefe,” is the only known wild jaguar in the country.
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Lawsuit Challenges Wildlife Services' Authority to Kill Wolves in Oregon 3.2.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Western Environmental Law Center Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the authority of the federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife Services to kill any of the approximately 81 remaining gray wolves in Oregon. The legal challenge, filed by the Western Environmental Law Center on behalf of four conservation groups, with Cascadia Wildlands representing itself, comes weeks after a federal court ruled that Wildlife Services’ controversial wolf killing program in Washington is ...
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Can the Sacramento Delta survive more 'regulatory flexibility'? 3.2.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The state and federal Endangered Species Acts were created to prevent the extinction of our native fish and wildlife, and they've been tremendously successful. Yet despite these laws, California is on the verge of killing off some of its native salmon and other fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin...

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Water officials vote to extend California drought emergency 3.2.2016 Yahoo: US National
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State water regulators voted to extend emergency conservation measures because of a drought, even though an increase in rain and snow this winter has improved California's ...
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Water officials vote to extend California drought emergency 3.2.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — State water regulators voted to extend emergency conservation measures because of a drought, even though an increase in rain and snow this winter has improved California’s snowpack. But with the drought still severe, conservations efforts fell off in December. Officials said Tuesday that residents used 18 percent less water than in […]
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