Coal Leases Toppled
We overturned two coal leases in August, successfully stalling
expansions of mines in Colorado and Wyoming and keeping millions of tons of
coal in the ground. The wins came in
response to appeals we filed over coal leases that were approved by the Bureau
of Land Management two weeks before a historic moratorium on leasing was put in
place. The win is another big step forward for
keeping fossil fuels in the ground and safeguarding our public lands.
Restoring the Valle Caldera National Preserve
WildEarth Guardians has partnered with Colorado
College for the last decade to improve watershed health, water quality, and
wildlife habitat in the southwest. In August, twenty volunteers from the
College teamed up with our Youth Conservation Corp crew members to plant 600
narrowleaf cottonwoods and thinleaf alders along Jaramillo creek in the Valles
Caldera National Preserve.
Iconic Joshua Trees Move Toward Protections
Joshua trees are
one step closer to needed protections thanks to a Guardians petition. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently
announced it will conduct a full assessment of threats faced by Joshua trees and
decide whether to list the rare desert icon under the Endangered Species Act. We
must address the root causes of climate change now to ensure a future for these
beloved Southwestern trees and other climate impacted species.
Lynx to Gain Vital Ground in Colorado
and our allies are celebrating a victory for imperiled Canada lynx in Colorado.
In September, the District Court of Montana overturned the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service’s decision not to designate critical habitat for protected
lynx in the Southern Rocky Mountains. The decision forces the agency to
reconsider the important role Colorado’s high alpine landscape plays in efforts
to restore the rare wildcats to the American West.
Slider Photo credits: grizzly mom and cub—Roger Hayden. Guardians at White House—WildEarth Guardians. Bears Ears, Northwest Colorado—Jeffrey Beall, Creative Commons, Flickr. Canada lynx—Keith Williams. Thumbprint photos: Keep it in the Ground campaign mark—WildEarth Guardians. Valles Caldera workers—WildEarth Guardians. Joshua tree—Laura Camp, Creative Commons, Flickr. Canada lynx—Megan Lorenz, Adobestock.
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