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Sage-grouse, Grazing Management, and Voluntary Permit Retirement

17 April 2015

At least 26 land uses and related effects threaten sage-grouse, none more pervasive than domestic livestock grazing. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the largest landowner in the American West, administers approximately 18,000 grazing permits and leases to graze almost 13 million animal unit months on 160 million acres of public lands, including large swaths […]

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Scientists Warn Federal Government of Failed Sage-grouse Conservation Plans

16 March 2015

Even as Congress threatens to meddle again in sage-grouse conservation, the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service are moving forward on their unprecedented planning process to protect and recover the species on more than 60 million acres of public land. Credit to the agencies—it’s difficult to do one’s job with legislators scrutinizing your every step. But there […]

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No Tricks, No Treats: Just A Very Frightening Climate Forecast

03 November 2014

While Americans were enjoying their Halloween festivities, scaring each other with imaginary ghosts and zombies, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was quietly reaching consensus on a much more terrifying—and very real—conclusion: “Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood […]

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#O29: Looking Back, and Looking Forward

28 October 2014

Two years ago this week, on October 29, 2012, Americans were stunned as Superstorm Sandy engulfed the northeastern US with rain, wind, and floodwaters, ultimately claiming the lives of 286 people and costing $68 billion in damage across seven countries. Across the country this week, people are using the hashtag #O29 – short for October […]

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BLM Backsliding on Best Available Science

05 September 2014

Greater sage-grouse are in trouble and may be proposed for listing under the Endangered Species Act by September next year. This pending deadline has prompted the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to initiate an unprecedented effort to update dozens of resource management plans with new conservation measures for the grouse and potentially preclude the need […]

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The President’s Climate Action Plan at One Year- A Retrospective

25 June 2014

On June 25, 2013, President Obama released the President’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), signaling his Administration’s intent to make good on his promise to “respond to the threat of climate change” – with or without the cooperation of Congress. For the one-year anniversary of the CAP, Defenders has put together a retrospective showing the Administration’s […]

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Sage-Grouse in the Crosshairs

02 June 2014

It’s “silly season” in Congress. It’s an election year and the legislative session is winding down, which means that certain legislators and special interests have begun to purposefully introduce nonsensical legislation in the House and Senate this summer as part of an endless game of Congressional politics. These bills are not intended to advance public […]

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New Defenders White Paper: “A Guide to the Farm Bill Conservation Programs”

06 May 2014

The U.S. has nearly 1.4 billion acres of private land, much of which is used for forestry, agriculture, or pasture and ranch lands. Over half of all the imperiled species in the country have at least one population on private lands, so measures that help landowners conserve the habitats these species depend on are tremendously […]

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New Defenders White Paper: “Targeting of Farm Bill Program Funding to Advance Conservation Priorities”

06 May 2014

“In the past, much of our conservation efforts in the country have been, I would term it, ‘random acts of conservation.’ Instead of focusing on the hot spots — focusing on areas where we can get the greatest ecological benefit — we have instead had a series of disjointed actions.” – Harris Sherman, Under Secretary […]

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Bringing Climate Change Home: The Third National Climate Assessment

06 May 2014

The world is a big place, and when a group called the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” puts out a report on the global effects of climate warming, a natural question is: “So, what does this mean for me?” This week brings us an answer, in the form of the no less ambitious but decidedly […]

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Federal Grazing Permits and Leases Do Not Convey “Grazing Rights” on Public Lands

18 April 2014

Nevada public lands rancher Cliven Bundy’s refusal to pay grazing fees—and his resultant multi-decadal dispute with the Bureau of Land Management—became front page news this week when the agency finally acted on court orders to remove Bundy’s trespass cattle from the public domain. It’s a fascinating, exasperating story that has yet to reach a conclusion. News […]

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We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea

17 April 2014

Despite its immense size, the Sagebrush Sea is one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. Half the landscape has already been lost to agriculture and urban development, and millions of more acres have been damaged by invasive weeds, unnatural fire, and harmful land uses. The continued loss and degradation of sagebrush grasslands threatens […]

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