4x4Wire Live Search

Search - Easy Blog
Search - Categories
Search - Contacts
Search - Content
Search - News Feeds
Search - Web Links
Search - EasyDiscuss
Search - Tags

4x4Wire

About you, your 4x4 and access
John Stewart

Endangered Species Act Endangered?

Endangered Species Act Endangered?

August 15, 2008

Rapid City, SD - Conservation groups say the Endangered Species Act will be endangered itself if a new set of rules proposed by the Bush administration goes into effect. Jim Margadant, regional conservation coordinator for the South Dakota Sierra Club, says the plan lets each federal agency decide if its own actions or projects might harm a species.


He warns they eliminate the requirement that federal agency plans be approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service. The new rules, which came from Department of Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, caught everyone by surprise, Margadant says.

"Kempthorne states flat out that this relates back to the polar bears' listing due to the effect of greenhouse gases and climate change. In his press releases, he's very up-front about that. He does not want to see the Endangered Species Act being used as a way to regulate greenhouse emissions or to address the effects of climate change."

The administration defends the rules change, saying it allows agencies to approve new pesticides and projects to reduce wildfire risks. But Margadant worries the action will allow every federal agency to do what it wants, free of oversight from scientists and wildlife professionals. He is especially concerned because it was an executive decision, which is not subject to Congressional review.

"That makes this an end run around the legislation. Congress would have to act specifically to stop this. They could change the law, but that's a rather harsh measure. Essentially what's going to happen is it's going to end up in the courts and litigation, and then we'll hear a bunch of people screaming about judges making law."

A 30-day public comment period on the rules begins when the proposed revisions appear in the Federal Register.
  5167 Hits
  0 Comments
John Stewart

WYOMING COURT STRIKES ROADLESS RULE, BLASTS FOREST SERVICE


"We are obviously pleased by this decision and feel that it vindicates our position laid out over a decade ago opposing a top-down 'one size fits all' roadless policy," said Greg Mumm, Executive Director of the BlueRibbon Coalition, a national advocacy organization for trails-based recreation that has participated in the various Roadless cases. Other recreational groups joining BlueRibbon in the Wyoming, California and other cases were the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, and the American Council of Snowmobile Associations.

"It is particularly timely that we now place the 2001 Roadless Rule as an example of a bad idea that we should lay to rest," observed Paul Turcke, an attorney for the Recreational Groups. "All Forest visitors respect and value these areas, but they are properly managed by local officials with local input, not through a legacy-building campaign launched and maneuvered inside the DC beltway," Turcke concluded.

The "roadless" areas will now be protected and managed under existing Forest Plans, or through the state-generated petitions in some states, including Idaho and Colorado, that are being considered, submitted for public input, and will ultimately be adopted by the Forest Service. It is unclear how the recent ruling will affect the numerous Forest Service actions taken since 2006 which applied the 2001 Roadless Rule.

# # #

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible use of public and private lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. It represents over 10,000 individual members and 1,200 organization and business members, for a combined total of over 600,000 recreationists nationwide. 1-800-258-3742. www.sharetrails.org

United Four Wheel Drive Associations is an international organization comprised of four wheel drive enthusiasts, clubs, associations, and businesses dedicated to providing community services around the world, education in responsible land use and safe vehicle operation, and protection of our natural resources through conservation practices. 1-800-448-3932. www.ufwda.org

The California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs is a California nonprofit organization actively promoting conservation and responsible vehicle-oriented recreation. The Association represents over 8,000 members and 160 member clubs. 1-800-4x4-FUNN. www.cal4wheel.com
  5030 Hits
  0 Comments
John Stewart

Revised Critical Habitat for Northern Spotted Owl Released

In federal forests west of the Cascade Mountains’ crest, the designation overlays the owl conservation areas identified in the final recovery plan, released in May 2008. In fire-prone forests east of the Cascade crest, the critical habitat designation follows the owl conservation areas delineated in the 2007 draft recovery plan. This is because the final recovery plan, following the advice of expert peer reviews, adopts a broad-scale, “landscape management” approach to owl conservation in eastside forests and does not delineate specific conservation areas. By law, a critical habitat designation must delineate specific geographic areas.

These revisions of the original 1992 critical habitat designation, which totaled nearly 6.9 million acres, also reflect information gathered through advanced mapping and modeling technologies, which resulted in a more precise definition of owl conservation areas.  Changes in land management since the original designation, such as Northwest Forest Plan reserves, also contributed to the new critical habitat designation.
 

Click here to read more about Revised Revised Critical Habitat Designated for Northern Spotted Owl


 

  5150 Hits
  0 Comments
John Stewart

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Mojave Population of the Desert Tortoise Released

[Federal Register: August 4, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 150)]
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR - Fish and Wildlife Service

Draft Revised Recovery Plan for Mojave Population of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
ACTION: Notice of document availability for review and comment.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
SUMMARY: We, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of a draft revised recovery plan for the Mojave population of the desert tortoise for public review and comment. DATES: We must receive any comments on the draft recovery plan on or before November 3, 2008.

Click here to read more >>>


  5602 Hits
  0 Comments
John Stewart

MUIRNet-News

Promoting Responsible Recreation to Protect Recreation Opportunities

4x4Voice (Focus on California)

 

MUIRNet-News (Focus on Environment)

Follow current news about environmental issues affecting recreation opportunities.

4x4Voice and MUIRNet-News are affiliated with 4x4Wire supporting access and responsible recreation on public land and private land.

  3173 Hits
  0 Comments

OutdoorWire Websites

OutdoorWire

OutdoorWire

Portal page for OutdoorWire Access and Landuse Central Read More
4x4Voice

4x4Voice

California OHV recreation news and information Read More
MUIRNet News

MUIRNet News

News and information about outdoor recreation Read More
4x4Wire

4x4Wire

Off road recreation and news and information Read More
TrailTalk 
Forums

TrailTalk Forums

4x4Wire TrailTalk Forums for 4x4 tech information Read More
  • 1

4x4Wire Tech Section

Jeep 4x4 Tech

Jeep 4x4 Tech

Jeep Tech from JeepWire Read More
Toyota 4x4 Tech

Toyota 4x4 Tech

Toyota Tech from 4x4Wire Read More
Mitsubishi 4x4 Tech

Mitsubishi 4x4 Tech

Mitsubishi Tech from 4x4Wire Read More
Isuzu 4x4 Tech

Isuzu 4x4 Tech

Isuzu Tech from 4x4Wire Read More
  • 1