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Sportsmen, conservationists want 2016 candidates to reject public lands transfer proposals 22.9.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado's lifeblood courses through public lands, particularly on the Western Slope, where millions of acres of federal land anchor the often conflicting economic engines of extraction and recreation.
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Secretary Jewell Does Status Check One Year after Sage-Grouse Decision 21.9.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Secretary Jewell Does Status Check One Year after Sage-Grouse Decision
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Once nearly wiped out by pollution, wild rice is coming back to northern MN 21.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Several groups are seeding 12,000 pounds of wild rice into the St. Louis River this fall, part of an ambitious effort to restore 250 acres of wild rice to this culturally important waterway.
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Supreme Court of Canada Asked to Weigh In on Future of Environmental Assessment Law 21.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Environmental groups are asking Canada’s highest court to overturn a legal precedent that restricts the public’s ability to challenge flawed environmental assessments.

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Americans love animals more than they used to — even 'scary' ones 21.9.2016 Washington Post
Americans love animals more than they used to — even 'scary' ones
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Snow leopards’ return brings hope to remote Afghan region 17.9.2016 Durango Herald
WAKHAN, Afghanistan – In a picturesque corner of Afghanistan, a unique conservation effort has helped bring the elusive snow leopard back from the brink and given hope to one of the poorest and most isolated communities on earth. The leopards range across the snowy mountains of a dozen countries in Central and South Asia, but...
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Community and Conservation Groups Condemn FERC’s Review of Proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline 17.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Chesapeake Climate Action Network Federal regulators today released a draft environmental review for the proposed fracked-gas Mountain Valley Pipeline that public interest advocates say fails to adequately assess the public need for the project and the widespread threats to private property, public lands, local communities, water quality and the ...
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When it Comes to Natural Capital, it's Easy to Forget that We're on the Same Team 16.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This article has been submitted as part of the Natural Capital Coalition 's series of blogs on natural capital by Mark Gough, Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition We often feel safer when we're surrounded by people with complementary views. In few places is this more obvious than at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, where 10,000 passionate and dedicated individuals come together to rally around the conservation of the natural world. The event takes place every four years, and allows the IUCN, and the conservation community at large, to build consensus about the direction that conservation should take. As you may imagine, there are many different views as to what should and should not be done, and some fierce debate. At this year's Congress, the Guardian described a resolution to end the domestic trade in ivory as ' descending into acrimony ' as delegates and national representatives fought over the what they believed to be the most effective methods of protecting native elephants ...
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AP Exclusive: Deep-sea volcano a hotspot for mysterious life 16.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

GEOLOGIST SEAMOUNTS, Hawaii (AP) — The turquoise waters became darker and darker, and squiggly glow-in-dark marine creatures began to glide past in the inky depths like ghosts. The three-man submarine went down, down, down into the abyss and drew within sight of something no human had ever laid eyes on: Cook seamount, a 13,000-foot extinct […]
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Who Are Tomorrow's Leaders in Ocean Conservation? 16.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Julia Luthringer, Conservation Innovation Fellow at Conservation X Labs Photo: Alex Dehgan On World Oceans Day 2014, Nancy Knowlton and Elin Kelsey launched #OceanOptimism , a hashtag used by researchers and practitioners to share marine conservation successes globally. 60 million tweets later, there's a lot to be hopeful about. I spent the past few weeks "catching" hope at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. President Obama drastically expanded the Papahānaumokuākea National Monument to 582,578 square miles to serve as a sanctuary for endangered and imperiled marine species. The Russian Arctic National Park now protects Franz Josef Land , a group of 190 extremely biodiverse, northern islands. The pacific reef Coral Castles, once thought dead, is showing signs of new and revived life even despite 2016's record-breaking heat. The UK government plans to ban microbeads in all products by 2017 to stop the plastics from entering the oceans and potentially entering the marine foodweb. While ...
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Conservation awards: whooping cranes, pond turtles, gorillas 16.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

Work to bring back whooping cranes and turtles shared top honors for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ 2016 North American Conservation Award, while the group’s international award recognizes gorilla conservation. Nine U.S. zoos were recognized for a project to care for rescued gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are the Hogle Zoo […]
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Blue Whale and Salmon Farm in Southern Chile 15.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With its wealth of temperate rain forest, freshwater, and marine ecosystems, Southern Chile is a global conservation priority place that stands out for its high levels of endemism and marine biodiversity. Chile has one of the world's longest coastlines, stretching close to 4,300 km along the Pacific Ocean, and close to 80,000 km of shoreline around channels, fjords and coastal islands. It is home to unique species, including the endangered blue whale. However, a range of pressures on natural marine resources, including unsustainable exploitation, habitat degradation and other human induced impacts continue to be considerable threats to the marine biodiversity along the Pacific coast of southern Chile. The blue whale is the world´s largest animal on the planet and moves around Northern Chilean Patagonia during their feeding season in Austral waters, every summer. This area is also heavily used for salmon aquaculture, and this sharing of habitat is the crux of the problem. In order to contribute to the ...
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Obama To Designate First Marine Monument In Atlantic Ocean 15.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama will set aside a 4,900-square-mile stretch of ocean on Thursday to create the first protected marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The area will be called the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and lie about 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod in New England. Environmentalists hailed the move, to be announced at an ocean conservation meeting in Washington, D.C., likening Obama’s efforts to those of former President Teddy Roosevelt, considered the father of American conservation . “Teddy Roosevelt had the foresight to protect the treasures of America’s landscape,” said Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, in a statement. “With that same boldness, President Obama is conserving the crown jewels of our nation’s seascape.” Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the famed explorer and scientist, Jacques Cousteau , called Obama’s efforts “the type of bold action our leaders must take to begin healing a resource that literally makes life on earth ...
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A Historic Moment for New England: A Marine National Monument in the Atlantic! 15.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With Marine National Monument designation in the Atlantic, President Obama seals environmental legacy President Obama is making history today, announcing the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which will become the only fully protected large marine area in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Until today, zero miles of the U.S. Atlantic were fully protected from the imminent threats of climate change and increasing industrial activity. The announcement comes just as the third annual Our Ocean Conference is held in Washington, DC, hosted by the U.S. State Department. Thanks to the president's use of the century-old Antiquities Act, ancient coral formations will no longer face potential ruin from commercial fishing activity, and diverse and pristine habitats will allow an abundance of marine life to thrive. It is a good day to be a New Englander. So much of our region's history is rooted in the ocean; so much of our economic success depends on a healthy ocean off our coast. ...
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Conservation Center In Cambodia Hopes To Revive Nearly Extinct Turtles 15.9.2016 NPR: Morning Edition
Cambodia's royal turtles were thought to be extinct but a small population was discovered in 2000. Efforts are underway to help the population thrive.
Plan divvies up desert for conservation, energy 15.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Los Angeles • Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and wind farms under a federal plan released Wednesday that preserves much of the landscape for conservation and recreation. The long-awaited blueprint finalized by the U.S. Interior Department after a yearslong process seeks to balance renewable energy development and species protection on 17,000 square miles (44,030 sq. kilometers) of desert managed by the federal government. The plan drew sharp criticism fro...
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Plan divvies up desert for conservation, energy projects 15.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and wind farms under a federal plan released Wednesday that preserves much of the landscape for conservation and recreation. The long-awaited blueprint finalized by the U.S. Interior Department after a yearslong process seeks to balance renewable energy development […]
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Groups rekindle battle over lesser prairie chicken 14.9.2016 Durango Herald
ALBUQUERQUE – The fight over a grouse found in pockets across the Great Plains is far from over as industry and state officials worried Tuesday that relisting the lesser prairie chicken as a federally protected species could mean hundreds of millions of dollars in added costs for oil and gas developers, renewable energy companies and...
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Conservation agencies close to acquiring key ranch parcels 13.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected //Sept. 13 to consider approving the use of Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) funds to enable two new conservation easements in South Routt, including one on a significant piece of the Yampa River just upstream from Stagecoach State Park . The new easement on 86 acres of Steve and Pam Williams’ Glas Deffryn Ranch would include .75 channel miles of the Yampa River and be be held by the Yampa Valley Land Trust (YVLT). The PDR Board is recommending the use of $173,000 in dedicated public tax dollars to purchase the development rights from the land in order to conserve it as open space. The voter-approved funding represents 28 percent of the $615,00 appraised value of the property with Great Outdoors Colorado and the Gates Family Foundation supplying 44 percent, and the landowners will also contribute $172,00 in forgone development value. Funding for the county’s PDR program comes from 1.5 mills of voter-approved property taxes that were last ...
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Key parcel on the Yampa River above Stagecoach conserved 13.9.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners is expected Tuesday to consider approving the use of Purchase of Development Rights — PDR — funds to enable two new conservation easements in South Routt, including one on a significant piece of the Yampa River just upstream from Stagecoach State Park. The new easement on 86 acres of Steve and Pam Williams’ Glas Deffryn Ranch would include .75 channel miles of the Yampa River and be be held by the Yampa Valley Land Trust. The PDR Board is recommending the use of $173,000 in dedicated property tax dollars to purchase the development rights from the land in order to conserve it as open space. The voter-approved funding represents 28 percent of the $615,000 appraised value of the property with Great Outdoors Colorado and the Gates Family Foundation supplying 44 percent, and the landowners will also contribute $172,000 in forgone development value. Funding for the county’s PDR program comes from 1.5 mills of voter-approved property taxes that were last renewed in ...
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