User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Problems :: Habitat Loss
Last updated: May 25 2016 07:38 IST RSS 2.0
 
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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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Letter: Think about nature, prison-site developers 12.4.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Though I’m unfamiliar with mudswallows as a species, much less their status as being endangered, Sherelynn Gray makes an excellent point about the opportunity that awaits the developers of the prison site (“Who will tend the flocks when the prison moves?” April 10). They might give consideration to habitat restoration and perhaps create habitat as part of their development. In addition to benefiting wildlife, there’s plenty of research that supports the mental and physical benefits of human inte...
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Space tourism projects at a glance 15.2.2016 Durango Herald
Space tourism companies employing designs including winged vehicles, vertical rockets with capsules and high-altitude balloons
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Habitat for Humanity home a blessing for Durango family 22.11.2015 Durango Herald
Carla Wood never thought she would be able to own a home again, but Habitat for Humanity is making that possible for her this fall. “I got extremely lucky to get this Habitat house,” Wood said. Her home was dedicated Saturday, and in a few weeks, Wood, her daughter, Jamie, and her grand-daughter, Zoe, will all...
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Nevada neighborhood first to feel sting of sage-grouse rules 15.11.2015 Durango Herald
SUN VALLEY, Nev. – One of the first, actual on-the-ground disruptions caused by new U.S. efforts to protect the greater sage-grouse isn’t on a cattle ranch in Oregon or an oil field in Colorado.It’s in the backyard of a residential neighborhood north of Reno, Nevada, where plans to acquire federal land to build a...
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Jimmy Carter to participate in Memphis home-building project 31.10.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter will participate in a Habitat for Humanity build on Monday in Memphis after the cancellation of an international project featuring the former president.
BLM mulls energy development in sage grouse habitat 30.10.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Feds may restrict hardrock mining and put oil and gas leases on auction block.
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Grouse not endangered, feds rely on state-led rescue across West 22.9.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
The federal government has decided not to list the greater sage grouse as endangered, relying instead on state-led voluntary efforts to stop extinction across long-neglected expanses of Western sagebrush steppe.
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Greater sage grouse listing decision expected Tuesday in Denver 22.9.2015 Denver Post: Local
President Obama's top public lands officials and western governors are convening in Denver to announce a federal decision Tuesday on whether to protect the greater sage grouse as an ...
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New research on how drilling affects deer in northwest Colorado 18.8.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Landscape-level planning could help mule deer cope with the impacts of oil and gas.
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Greeley habitat almost out of land for homes 27.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Lots in Greeley are becoming hard to come by.
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Managing the future of Hermosa Creek 25.7.2015 Durango Herald
Campsites, roads, wildlife habitat and all the other aspects of the Hermosa Creek area are getting special scrutiny this year as part of an extended planning project.Congress designated the Hermosa Creek Wilderness and Special Management Area in December. Now, as part of the law that created the management area, the San Juan...
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Habitat in flames — How the Forest Service is fighting to save big game with fire 19.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
June 7, 2015: Opportunity to object The project would implement four treatment methods, which span a 24,759-acre analysis area selected with regard to the Wildland Urban Interface, geography and big game locations and concentrations. These methods include: ● Mastication (Mx), 602 acres: using machinery to shred or chew mountain shrub vegetation ● Prescribed Burning and Mastication (Rx/Mx), 4,380 acres ● Lodgepole pine removal, 927 acres: silvicultural treatments including salvage harvest, cutting, piling and burning, and cutting and felling ● Legal closure of 11,792 acres of critical winter range areas from Dec. 1 through April 15 The legal closure of the critical winter range areas directly promotes the dispersal of big game through winter range areas, providing them with more land area, per-capita. The fuels treatments serves more of a dual-purpose. “The fuels part of this project is to compliment the wildlife part,” said Sam Duerksen, fire zone management officer for Medicine-Bow National Forest. “By ...
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Steamboat briefs: Upcoming seminar to deal with pond construction 14.7.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A seminar outlining the do’s and don’ts of pond construction is set for 7:30 to 9 a.m. today at the Steamboat Springs Community Center, 1605 Lincoln Ave. Speakers will include representatives from Colorado Division of Water Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Colorado State Land Board, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service. The event is hosted by the Community Agriculture Alliance, the Colorado Division of Water Resources and the Yampa-White-Green Rivers Basing Round Table. Coffee and pastries will be served. BookTrails adds two new camps to summer offerings Due to high demand, BookTrails has added two new camps to their Reading on Ranches 2015 camp season. Lego Camp will be held Monday through July 24 and another session of Camp Splash will be offered July 27 to July 31. Lego Camp is all about building. Students will read a building-related book and learn how different animals build their habitats in nature. Campers can expect to learn how to build survival ...
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Where the sage grouse roam: The future of conservation and development on the Western landscape 28.6.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Though the imminent threat of an endangered species listing is off the table, this September, a decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will mark the culmination of years — even decades — of conservation work that is changing the face of the West. At the root of it all is a puffy, quixotic bird known as the greater sage grouse, an ancient ground bird that takes up residence exclusively in the sagebrush. The bird has caused much consternation throughout Washington, D.C. and 11 western home states, including Colorado. Ranchers and energy and mining industry representatives have come to the table with scientists and local, state and federal government officials to figure out how to protect the bird and its disappearing habitat. The motivation behind the unprecedented collaboration across agencies, states and cultural boundaries (aside from pure conservation interests) is to keep the bird from landing on the endangered species list. A listing would put control of the bird’s fate — and the 165 ...
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Grouseonomics: The imperiled greater sage grouse, by the numbers 25.6.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Economic and ecological impacts of the bird in Western states.
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The sage grouse two-step 22.6.2015 Current Issue
Massive federal sage grouse conservation plans strike a delicate balance.
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Cruz Misses Mark on Endangered Species 19.6.2015 FactCheck
Ted Cruz said that "one of the worst things that can happen to a species is to be listed on the Endangered Species Act." But the ESA has led to recovery of a number of species, and there is little evidence that listing harms animals and plants.
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Affordable housing effort for flood victims founders in Lyons 8.6.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
trustees vote down PROPOSED HABITAT FOR humanity RESOLUTION
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