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Based on the current information from Mexico, the closest breeding population of jaguars is approximately 130 miles south of the internation...
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From what I have seen and heard for years, you cannot trust certain "studies" and the so-called "Scientists" behind the studies. It is my o...
Just a few tidbits - Attorneys fees PAID: Greater sage grouse -- $212,807 (D. Idaho); 
Gunnison sage grouse – $260,000 (D.C. District)
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EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands PDF Print E-mail
Written by EPA Press Release   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 20:59

Agriculture’s Exemptions and Exclusions from Clean Water Act Expanded by Proposal

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. The agencies are launching a robust outreach effort over the next 90 days, holding discussions around the country and gathering input needed to shape a final rule.

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Post-Fire Stabilization Seedings Have Not Developed Into Sage-grouse Habitat PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 20:40

Sage brush fire

BOISE — The practice of emergency post-fire seeding in sagebrush landscapes of the Great Basin, which was meant to stabilize soils, has not resulted in restored habitats that would be used by greater sage-grouse according to U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service researchers who published their results today in the journal Ecosphere.

The new study examined the habitat that was present 8-20 years after the seeding projects occurred. These aerial or rangeland drill seeding projects did not always include sagebrush seeds and were not intended to restore wildlife habitat, but instead were designed to mitigate the effects of fire on soil and vegetation. Yet they provide an opportunity to reverse habitat degradation for sage-grouse, a species being considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Arizona Game and Fish comments on recent jaguar critical habitat announcement PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 March 2014 22:10

On March 4, 2014, the Southwest Region of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) notified the public that the Service had designated 764,207 acres of land in Southern Arizona as critical habitat for the rarely-present jaguar. This action completed the third review by the Service that examines the need for jaguar critical habitat in Arizona. The two prior reviews found that designation of critical habitat in Arizona-New Mexico was not warranted. The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not support the latest finding of the Service that designating critical habitat is essential to the conservation of the jaguar.

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Service Designates Jaguar Critical Habitat in Arizona and New Mexico PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 22:24

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the final designation of approximately 764, 207 acres of critical habitat for the jaguar (Panthera onca) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This habitat is found within Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties in Arizona, and Hidalgo County in New Mexico. The final rule takes effect on April 4, 2014.

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  • Based on the current information from Mexico, the closest breeding population of jaguars is approximately 130 miles south of the international border between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Further, for many decades, the observations of jaguars in Arizona have been individual males, which clearly do not...
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Barred owls replacing spotted owls in Pacific Northwest PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 05 March 2014 21:57

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – An increase in the barred owl population is contributing to the decline of threatened Northern spotted owls, according to models developed by U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Forest Service scientists.

The larger barred owl is considered to be a more aggressive competitor, with higher reproductive capacity as well as a more diverse diet and use of habitat. In the face of increasing barred owl populations and declining habitat, the medium size Northern spotted owl, which lives in old growth forests of northern California and the Pacific Northwest of the United States, is declining.

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