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Wildlife Killing Agency Dealt Legal Blow

For decades the USDA's Wildlife Services has operated in the shadows as though it were above the law but that has changed following a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The court ruled that Wildlife Services’ reliance on forty-year old science—largely outdated and disproven—is not immune from environmental review. The court held conservationists can legally challenge the Service in court—which Guardians has done and will continue to do.  

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We're Celebrating Forest Roads Rewilded

The Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana approved 70 miles of road obliteration after receiving emails of support from Guardians’ supporters and others. The watershed restoration work will provide a significant boost to Montana’s wildlife and water quality. The Forest Service has undertaken a systematic, national effort to identify what motorized roads and trails are still needed and designating where and when motorized vehicles may travel on those roads and trails. Guardians is closely monitoring and will be providing comment opportunities for our supporters as they occur.

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Feds Fail to Prosecute Wildlife Killers

Poachers are killing protected wildlife and getting away scott free. We’re working to end this loophole by asking the federal court to invalidate the so-called “McKittrick Policy” which has led to this systemic failure to prosecute. WildEarth Guardians and the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance have sued the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to prosecute dozens of individuals who have killed endangered animals protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. This is a top priority for Guardians and we won’t stop until this policy is overturned.

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Grateful for Guardian Givers

When Jess Alford moved from Texas to New Mexico and started looking for an environmental group that wasn’t afraid of controversy, he kept seeing Forest Guardians name in the paper. One day Jess met Sam Hitt, then Guardians’ Executive Director, and they spent an afternoon talking about forest advocacy. In 1996 Jess joined the board and has been a Guardian ever since. It’s been 19 years now and Jess is getting older, but he's not ready to quit fighting for what he believes in. ...continued here.

Slider Photo credits: Cecil the lion—Zimbabwe National Park/AFP. sage grouse—Tony Morris, Creative Commons, Flickr. lynx—National Parks Service, Jacob W. Frank. wolf pupplies—Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. coal mining—WildEarth Guardians. Thumbprint photos: howling coyote—Sam Parks Photography; cougars on reclaimed road—WildEarth Guardians. Mexican wolf Echo killed by poacher—AZDFG; Jess Alford—WildEarth Guardians. 

 

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