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Sage Grouse Plans Fall Short

A series of recently released near final plans to protect the sage grouse across tens of millions of acres of public lands in the American West are woefully inadequate according to our analysis—with vast swaths of habitat proposed for fossil fuel extraction, livestock grazing, and other industrial development. Guardians will be fighting to make these plans stronger and give new hope for the survival of the grouse and the sagebrush sea, which covers more than 100 million acres across ten western states.

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Fracking Fight Goes to Farmington

In June, Guardians joined native allies in hand-delivering a letter to local Bureau of Land Management officials calling for a moratorium on fracking in the Greater Chaco Region. Since the beginning 2013, more than 250 fracking permits have been issued in the region, threatening the area’s native communities, cultural heritage, the climate, and clean air. In May, Guardians and others called on a federal court to order a halt to new fracking until the Bureau develops a comprehensive plan to protect air, water, and health.

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100,000 Plus Oppose Coal Loophole

Guardians joined more than 100,000 people last month in calling on the Forest Service to reject a proposal to allow Arch Coal to bulldoze dozens of miles of roads through a pristine national forest in Colorado’s backcountry. The loophole would pave the way for Arch Coal to expand its underground West Elk mine in an area where crucial wildlife reside. The move would open the door for more than 350 million tons of coal to be mined. Guardians is fighting to keep coal in the ground.

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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: wolf pupplies—Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Craig power plant coal line—Denver post. beaver—Sam Parks; fracking—WildEarth Guardians; Mexican wolf—John W Iwanski, Creative Commons, Flickr. Thumbprint photos: sage grouse—WildEarth Guardians; Fajada Butte, Chaco—WildEarth Guardians; West Elk Mountains—WildEarth Guardians; Jess Alford—WildEarth Guardians; coal meme—Bureau of Land Management

 

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