User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Problems :: Habitat Loss
Last updated: Jan 20 2017 19:45 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Op-ed: BLM strikes right balance with Red Cliffs tortoise plan 20.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
We thank the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for making conservation the priority in the recently released Resource Management Plans for our two outstanding National Conservation Areas (NCAs) in southwest Utah. At both Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash the BLM has used conservation science to determine the best course of action for the future of these special places. The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve/NCA serves as sanctuary for the threatened Mojave Desert Tortoise. Biologists relocate tortoises there ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Inside the Stagecoach Dam: Harnessing the Power 15.1.2017 Steamboat Pilot
It is a careful balancing act at the Stagecoach Dam, where electricity is generated for homes, fish habitat is managed and water is stored for a time when cities, ranchers and industry need it. Behind the steel door, mineralized sludge covers the concrete walls and incandescent bulbs dimly light the narrow corridor. Click here to Read Tom Ross' account of his entertaining experience at the Stagecoach Dam. These are the guts of the Stagecoach Dam southeast of Steamboat Springs, and it can be a little unnerving knowing that at the other side of the wall, 9,360 pounds of pressure push against each square foot of concrete. Water drips from the ceiling and falls from drain pipes that collect water from the seeping concrete. “All dams get water into them,” said Kevin McBride, adding that not having a system to drain the water would create pressure and put the dam’s integrity at risk. McBride is general manager for the Upper Yampa River Water Conservancy District, a taxpayer-funder organization that built, ...
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Park City to buy, preserve 1,350-acre Bonanza Flats -- for $38 million 13.1.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Park City officials on Thursday announced a $38 million deal to buy and preserve Bonanza Flats, a 1,350-acre parcel under Guardsman Pass that has long been eyed for a destination ski and golf development. The land has also long been enjoyed by hikers and cyclists who may not have even realized they were treading on private property. Bringing the scenic high-elevation acreage nestled on the Wasatch Crest between Brighton and Park City ski areas under public control would ensure access to a key ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Bedrooms for burrowing owls 11.1.2017 High Country News Most Recent
In Oregon, the Global Owl Project builds artificial burrows to help owls recover.
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Bedrooms for burrowing owls 11.1.2017 High Country News Most Recent
In Oregon, the Global Owl Project builds artificial burrows to help owls recover.
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Ranch owner builds in the path of pronghorn migration 10.1.2017 High Country News Most Recent
It’s not clear if the new building could interfere with the animal’s long-distance travels.
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House Republicans want to ‘repeal and replace’ the ESA 28.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
After attempts to chip away at the law bill by bill, Utah Rep. Rob Bishop says he’d rather scrap the Endangered Species Act altogether.
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Latest: Feds plan sagebrush survey 21.11.2016 High Country News Most Recent
The data could provide a blueprint for science-based decisions.
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Letter: Don't build houses in Red Cliff Desert Reserve 7.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
In 1996, Washington County (St. George), along with federal and state agencies, created the Red Cliff Desert Reserve. A Habitat Conservation Plan was developed to protect primarily the desert tortoise as well as other sensitive species of wildlife and their habitats. Now a developer wants to build 700 homes in the area, and build a road through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. I wonder if the Habitat Conservation Plan says developers are allowed to have access to build roads through the Red Cliff... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Clock is ticking on Emigration Canyon's 'Owl Meadow' 1.11.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
The campaign to save Emigration Canyon’s “Owl Meadow” is now in the hands of the Salt Lake County Council, which is set Tuesday to consider a $250,000 grant request tapping the county’s Open Space Trust Fund. The nonprofit Utah Open Lands has until Nov. 7 to raise $700,000 to acquire the 4.6-acre parcel straddling Emigration Creek, dubbed Owl Meadow because of the various raptor species seen nesting there. This highly visible piece of bird habitat, just upstream from Ruth’s Diner, will most like... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Proposed road approved on part of Mojave Desert Tortoise reserve 30.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
St. George • A proposed road that would cut through part of a southern Utah reserve for the Mojave Desert Tortoise — considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act — has earned initial approval despite objections from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The road through a corner of Red Cliffs Desert Reserve would lead to a possible development of 700 homes, the Spectrum reported. An agreement says developer Kirk Willey would swap 20 acres for the ability to build the road, which is requ...
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Proposed road OK'd on part of Mojave Desert Tortoise reserve 30.10.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
St. George • A proposed road that would cut through part of a southern Utah reserve for the Mojave Desert Tortoise — considered threatened under the Endangered Species Act — has earned initial approval despite objections from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The road through a corner of Red Cliffs Desert Reserve would lead to a possible development of 700 homes, the Spectrum reported. An agreement says developer Kirk Willey would swap 20 acres for the ability to build the road, which is requi... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Colorado’s wild places: Deer today, gone tomorrow? 30.10.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
Building the housing needed for Colorado's growing population has converted millions of acres of wildlife habitat, agricultural lands and open spaces.
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Feds to spend $211 million to cement teamwork for saving greater sage grouse 21.9.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Federal wildlife officials will spend at least $211 million more to spur states, landowners and developers to save the imperiled greater sage grouse voluntarily across a sagebrush steppe area spanning 11 western states.
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Habitat for Humanity plans its biggest Boulder build 13.9.2016 Denver Post: Local
Flatirons Habitat for Humanity is planning to build 19 units of affordable housing on just more than an acre in north Boulder in what would be the organization's biggest project ever in the city.
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Denver’s affordable housing plan is a fair start with the power to do more 8.9.2016 Denver Post: Opinion
Denver consistently tops "best places to live” lists, but it is getting harder and harder to afford to live here. Our city is at tipping point and we face an affordable housing crisis.
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In praise of a wild West 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western public lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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Why our relationship to the public lands must evolve 17.6.2016 High Country News Most Recent
A 21st-century vision for Western lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
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Grouse habitat conserved with former Acord Ranch hay meadow 25.5.2016 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted May 24 to approve the expenditure of $239,050 in property tax dollars dedicated to conserving open lands through the Purchase of Development Rights, or PDR, dedicated to place a conservation easement on a 724-acre portion of a South Routt ranch on Routt County Road 7A. The approval will protect important sage grouse habitat from development, while helping a new ranching family carry on at a ranch formerly operated by the Acord family. Ted and Kristi Stites, of Stillwater Land and Livestock, purchased the former Acord II Ranch from Duane and Leigh Acord, of Yampa, for $1.6 million in 2015. Ted Stites is a member of a fifth-generation ranching family who also has a tech career, and Kristi Stites is a certified veterinary technician. The easement will be held by the Yampa Valley Land Trust , and PDR Board Chairwoman Claire Sollars told commissioners that Great Outdoors Colorado is contributing $214,050, or 35.7 percent, of the value to the $600,000 appraised ...
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Energy industry sues feds over sage grouse plans 13.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Yet another lawsuit has been filed over federal land use plans revisions that kept greater sage grouse off the endangered species list, this time from an oil and gas trade association that claims that the public was excluded from the process and that the plans rely on faulty science. In papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in North Dakota, the Western Energy Alliance alleges the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service violated federal administrative rule-making procedures ...
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