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  • Action Center
    environmental impact statement until March 26 Help protect the future of greater sage grouse by sending a comment to the BLM 1 The BLM s preferred alternative for managing sage grouse in Wyoming wouldn t provide enough protection for the bird NWF said The BLM has failed to incorporate the latest scientific information on sage grouse conservation The plan s strategies first proposed a decade ago would permit too much

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  • Affiliates
    Montana Wildlife Federation 5 P O Box 1175 Helena MT 59624 Phone 406 458 0227 Fax 406 458 0373 Toll Free 800 517 7256 mwf mtwf org 6 New Mexico Wildlife Federation 7 2921 Carlisle Blvd NE Suite 200 J Albuquerque NM 87110 Phone 505 299 5404 nmwildlife nmwildlife org 8 Wyoming Wildlife Federation 9 P O Box 106 Cheyenne WY 82003 Phone 800 786 5434 Fax 307 637 6629

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  • NWF, affiliates: Let sage-grouse conservation plans work
    limits on federal agencies ability to manage the bird and its habitat Just like last year some lawmakers are using concerns about national security as a pretext to prevent the implementation of federal plans to conserve sage grouse and the sagebrush steppe And just like last year the arguments for adding this language to the defense bill are groundless Meanwhile the clock is ticking on the bird s fate says Clare Bastable NWF s public lands program director Bastable notes that the provision s proponents contend the sage grouse plans would jeopardize military training and operations in the bird s habitat but defense officials 4 once again have said the plans pose no harm and that their existing natural resource management strategies don t need to be revised Sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts point out that the sagebrush habitat supports more than 350 species as well as activities that generate more than 1 billion in economic benefits annually In Wyoming as a result of a range of interests coming together from local and state officials to ranchers and members of industry we were able to avoid listing the greater sage grouse on the Endangered Species List says Joy Bannon field director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation 5 and governor appointed member of the Wyoming Sage Grouse Implementation Team This work is far from over We simply cannot afford any roadblocks especially with all the work collaboration and momentum we have toward conserving this iconic bird and the sagebrush landscape which is so important to our local economies and activities our communities rely on like ranching and recreation There is simply too much at risk to put the brakes on now for our conservation plans The work that laid the foundation for the federal and state sage grouse conservation plans shows that

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  • Sportsmen fend off public-land grabs, but more work remains
    folly of public land transfer and we flooded the newspapers and airwaves at every decisive moment The result was a sound defeat but the work is not done The charge remains strong for continued vigilance in protecting our public lands heritage As sportsmen we know all too well what a loss of our national public lands would mean to our cherished traditions Those prized quiet mornings in the fall would be few and far between those serene moments when the flash of silver and gold erupts from the depths to meet a carefully placed fly would be much harder to come by the look in our children s eyes on their first hunt or with their first fish could be lost and with these cherished moments would also go the collective soul of our outdoor culture This year sportsmen and other conservationists rallied from Seattle pictured to Santa Fe in support of public lands Image Les Welsh Targeting the land grabbers Luckily we can still halt this nonsense We can t stop it however by sitting idly and believing that business as usual will cut it In the coming months and years we need to redouble our efforts to protect and defend our public lands and enlist others to do the same We will work harder than ever to make decision makers realize the supreme importance of these lands to our way of life We will hound state legislators county commissions and congressmen at every stop until they too understand completely that these lands are all of ours and they are too precious for the dangerous gamble promoted by those who wish to profit by robbing us of our finest American traditions It s now time for you to ask yourself who is my legislator How did he or she

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  • Chadwick: It’s Time for Everyone to Pay for Wildlife Management
    wildlife management agencies to implement science based management and habitat protection was really the first step in the wildlife conservation movement at the start of the 20th century With strong support from hunters and anglers wildlife management was set up to be funded by hunting and fishing licenses This user pays model in which hunters and anglers paid license fees to support conservation of the resources they loved was a truly remarkable innovation in paying for government services and the last century has shown that it is also a wild success Today we enjoy an abundance of fish and wildlife that was unimaginable a century ago At the same time the challenges facing wildlife and habitat are getting tougher Wildlife conservation is getting more and more expensive but funding continues to depend only on hunters and anglers buying annual licenses Everyone who benefits from our fish and wildlife should help shoulder the burden That means we need to broaden how we pay for wildlife management beyond just hunting and fishing licenses Read more of the blog 1 Tags Montana Wildlife Federation 2 hunters 3 anglers 4 wildlife 5 conservation 6 External News Link Chadwick It s Time for Everyone to

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  • NWF's O'Mara lauds Wyoming Wildlife Federation defense of public lands
    done again O Mara said at the March 5 dinner You guys have the right pragmatic idea for how we can bring people together O Mara lauded WWF s work on maintaining wildlife corridors and defending public lands against attempts to sell or transfer them to the state That s why I m so proud of the work over the last two years of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation standing up for our public lands he said He pointed to WWF s initiative aimed at ensuring that sportsmen and women are represented during the development of management plans for our public lands that will help make sure that such efforts result in improved habitat for wildlife and more access for hunters and anglers The heritage of the West is wildlife and if we can raise up a conservation army in every corner of the country to make sure we protect these resources for future generations we ll leave a legacy we can be incredibly proud of O Mara said During the banquet Timothy D Stephens was honored as WWF s Conservationist of the Year Chamois Andersen WWF s executive director said Stephens has been the voice of wildlife for the Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming s Big Horn Basin Chamois A ndersen WWF executive director announces that Timothy D Stephens is the organization s Conservationist of the Year Photo Judith Kohler NWF Stephens has spearheaded wildlife habitat improvements along the Absaroka Front and the basin He has been a member of the Big Horn Basin Sage Grouse Local Working Group and his BLM field office s Threatened and Endangered Species Coordinator We recognize Tim Stephens for his exceptional achievements toward Wyoming s wildlife and for championing cooperative working relationships with a variety of interests including private landowners state and federal

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  • BLM cancels disputed oil, gas lease in Montana's Badger-Two Medicine
    Rockies Regional Center The BLM s decision cancels a lease held by Solenex LLC which will receive a refund of 31 235 In the 1990s the U S Forest Service decided not to authorize any new leases in a 356 000 acre area along the Rocky Mountain Front including Badger Two Medicine Based on the area s natural and cultural values Congress withdrew the public lands from oil and gas leasing in 2006 Several leaseholders received tax incentives to relinquish their leases but Solenex sued over the delays in approval of its drilling permit The Badger Two Medicine is an exquisite piece of public land just to the south of Glacier National Park and west of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation It is a land of grizzly bears and wolves elk and mule deer and incredible vistas of the Crown of the Continent and the prairies sweeping away to the east It a sacred land to the Piegan tribe of the Blackfeet Nation France said The wolves will be pleased and will howl somewhere tonight in the Two Medicine basin Sen Jon Tester of Montana has called for the cancelation of the remaining leases in the area In a statement he praised the BLM s decision on the Solenex lease For generations Blackfeet families and outdoorsmen have enjoyed this treasured place and today s decision will help ensure that this area remains pristine for years to come Tester said There are special places in this world where we just shouldn t drill and the Badger Two Medicine is one of them Dave Chadwick executive director of the Montana Wildlife Federation said the unique value of the Badger Two Medicine is reflected in the diverse array of people who have worked together for so many years to save it Tribal citizens wilderness

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  • Historic effort to protect greater sage-grouse | Our Public Lands
    Wildlife Fedeartion National Wildlife Federation NDAA Nevada Nevada Legislature Nevada Wildlife Federation New Mexico New Mexico Wildlife Federation Newsletter oil oil and gas oil and gas drilling oil and gas industry oudoor recreation our public lands outdoor recreation outdoor recreation industry Outdoors Piceance Basin President Obama public access public land public lands rafting recreation renewable energy Roan Plateau Rocky Mountain Regional Center Rocky Mountain West Sage grouse Sage grouse habitat sagebrush Sagebrush Rebellion Sen Mark Udall Sen Martin Heinrich Sen Michael Bennet SHOT Show shutdown solar energy South Carolina sportsmen Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development sportswomen state legislatures State of the Union state trust lands timber harvest U S Forest Service Utah Vanishing Paradise wilderness Wilderness Act wildfire wildlife Wyoming Wyoming Wildlife Federation From Our Blog Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse Job Opportunity Wyoming Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center welcomes new staff Take Boulder White Clouds off the waiting list Speak up for South Park one of the region s last great places More Archives June 2014 1 July 2014 6 August 2014 5 September 2014 2 October 2014 2 November 2014 2 December 2014 3 January 2015 3 February 2015 4 March 2015 1 Pages first previous 1 2 3 next last Historic effort to protect greater sage grouse By Aaron Kindle July 31 2015 Image Creative Commons When I was a young boy I often traveled with my father across the Red Desert of Wyoming during his field work The sage sea rolled endlessly in front of our eyes while the sights sounds and smells captured my imagination and my heart I knew even then that these places were not something everyone got to experience and that even fewer truly appreciated them The broad austere sage steppe is often thought of as the big empty where nothing is Fortunately for the more than 350 wildlife species that call these sagelands home nothing could be further from the truth For sportsmen and women the sagelands have taken on increasing importance in recent years These areas are critical to the lives of numerous game species the stage for our most cherished adventures and ground zero in the battle that will determine the fate of the greater sage grouse We travel these lands hoping to find that elusive muley buck we scour these lands for antler sheds during the spring we take our families here to enjoy the intoxicating smell of the sage after a rain shower We also live and work nearby and understand all too well that making a living in the rural West is different from the rest of the country Mule deer Image iStock Unfortunately we are also firsthand witnesses to a landscape and a species in trouble Overgrazing mining housing developments and widespread energy development are removing and degrading the sagelands at a rapid pace and pushing the iconic sage grouse close to being listed under the Endangered Species Act ESA which would bring wide ranging restrictions and threaten the diverse partnerships that

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