A Monumental Legacy | Obama’s National Monuments

GarryRogers Nature Conservation

GR:  National Monuments provide imperfect protection to water and wildlife, but they are better than leaving lands entirely under standard Bureau of Land Misuse policies. The new administration members are already talking about privatizing Indian reservations. They will probably try to open the monuments to their corporate friends too. Preserving monuments will be one more battle we face in 2017. But there are only thousands of them–we are millions.

Photo:  Browns Canyon National Monument, Colorado (Bob Wick, BLM)

“President Obama has accomplished a lot in eight years. Beyond reviving the economy and cutting unemployment, his legacy includes major environmental feats such as reducing air pollution, boosting clean energy and making the U.S. a global leader in fighting climate change.

“It also includes many smaller moves that add up to something pretty big: the creation and expansion of national monuments. These are federally protected areas that feature “objects of historic…

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China Bans Its Ivory Trade

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The New York Times reported

China announced on Friday that it was banning all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017, a move that would shut down the world’s largest ivory market and could deal a critical blow to the practice of elephant poaching in Africa.

Read full story at  Bans Its Ivory Trade, Moving Against Elephant Poaching – The New York Times

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New national monuments in the USA

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This video from the USA says about itself:

Meet Gold Butte: Nevada‘s Piece of The Grand Canyon

21 January 2015

Get to know a treasure of the Mojave Desert, and how you can help preserve it.

From the New York Times in the USA:

Obama Designates Two New National Monuments, Protecting 1.65 Million Acres


DEC. 28, 2016

WASHINGTON — President Obama designated two new national monuments on Wednesday, protecting 1.35 million acres of federal land surrounding the Bears Ears Buttes in southeastern Utah and about 300,000 acres around Gold Butte in Nevada, northeast of Las Vegas.

In Gold Butte, there is ancient Native American rock art.

There are also fossils from the Palaeozoic and later fossil dinosaur tracks.

The monuments are Mr. Obama’s latest effort to protect public lands and waters from development and to nail down as much of his environmental legacy…

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Letters to Senator Baldwin: Please do not remove wolves from the endangered species list…

Letters to Senator Baldwin: Please do not remove wolves from the endangered species list…

Wolves of Douglas County WI Films

December 2014 a federal judge ordered that wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan be placed back on the endangered species list. Currently, there is legislation being pushed to delist wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming. In Wisconsin several legislators, one being republican senator Tom Tiffany, began a campaign to delist wolves in Wisconsin and asked Democratic senator Tammy Baldwin to persuade her democratic colleagues in the senate to sign onto Republican senator Ron Johnson’s wolf delisting legislation. Unfortunately, senator Baldwin is now on board with the wolf delisting legislation.

I put out an urgent call to wolf advocates to write to Senator Baldwin in the hopes of changing the senator’s mind. I received many well thought out & fact filled letters and passed them on to the senator thru her aide. Here’s two well written letters, read on:

Dear Senator Baldwin,
I am writing to you regarding the push…

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Obama Designates Two New National Monuments In Nevada And Utah

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NPR reported

President Obama has designated two areas in the deserts of southern Nevada and Utah as national monuments, after years of fighting and debate over the management of both areas.

The newly created Bears Ears National Monument will protect roughly 1.35 million acres of land in southeast Utah from future development. Gold Butte National Monument will give federal protections to roughly 300,000 acres in southwest Nevada, not far from the site where local ranchers and law enforcement had an armed standoff just two years ago.

Read full story at Obama Designates Two New National Monuments In Nevada And Utah : The Two-Way : NPR

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Red-necked grebe on video

Killdeer plovers in Florida, USA

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This video from the USA says about itself:

22 December 2016

Killdeer running and hunting insects (Charadrius vociferus). They remind me of little roadrunners and although they are technically shorebirds in the Plover family they really like to spend their time running in open grassy and dirt areas. …

Fall migrants swell the Florida population July through November, and spring migration occurs primarily in March and April. The Killdeer is the most common and widely distributed shorebird in Florida. The absence of the species from most of mainland Monroe County is to be expected, as mangroves and saw grass are not preferred breeding habitats.

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Solar Road In Normandy!!!!

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When we think of Normandy, apples and oysters come to mind. Calvados, too. We are happy those traditions endure but even happier to see the roads there as a hotbed of innovation: World’s first solar panel road opens in Normandy village Route in Tourouvre-au-Perche cost €5m to construct and will be used by about 2,000 […]

via Solar Road In Normandy Breaks New Ground — La Paz Group

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A call for Wisconsin wolf advocates to step forward to protect an endangered species

A call for Wisconsin wolf advocates to step forward to protect an endangered species

Wolves of Douglas County WI Films

The theft of Wisconsin’s natural resources must not be tolerated. Wisconsin has a long rich history of public owned water, land and wildlife. This is a call for Wisconsin wolf advocates to step forward to protect an endangered species because the current administration, Wisconsin’s governor, has called for a hunt on its wolves. Killing an endangered species is not how to manage them. Email wolvesdouglasco@gmail.com to find out how you can get involved.

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin continues to work for education, awareness & advocacy for the benefit of Wisconsin’s wild wolf. WODCW advocates for wolves to be kept on the Endangered Species list. In the case that wolves are taken off the ESL: WODCW works for transparency at the state level of wolf management that includes all stakeholders. WODCW will work legislatively to stop trophy hunting of Wisconsin’s wolves. WODCW will promote non lethal wolf management. WODCW is…

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