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He Observed The Earth From Space. Now He’s Trying To Protect It From The Ground.

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.22.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Leland Melvin hasn’t been to space since the beginning of Barack Obama’s presidency, but he’s sure glad to be back on Earth now. ...

Bill Would Allow Killing Of Bears And Wolves Again On Alaska Wildlife Refuges

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers on Thursday advanced a measure to repeal an Obama-era rule that largely banned the hunting of bears, wolves and other p...

Fish and Wildlife Service turns its back on red wolf recovery

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 09.28.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Stunned: that is the best word to describe how I felt when I heard the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announce its decision on the fate of the R...

Cruel Summer: The War on Wildlife Continues in Appropriations Bills

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 07.12.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Summer is finally here, but for those of us who fight to protect our nation's wildlife and natural heritage, this summer has been anything but restful...

The Other Wolverine Who Rivaled X-Men for Fame

Caitlin Cattelino | Posted 05.21.2017 | Denver
Caitlin Cattelino

His movements were first recorded in Wyoming in 2008. He took off in 2009, heading south for hundreds of miles. He traveled across inhospitable lands looking for a place he might fit in and finally settled in Colorado.

More Wolves, Less Politics

Caitlin Cattelino | Posted 01.18.2017 | Denver
Caitlin Cattelino

Not only do gray wolves provide widespread ecological benefits in areas where they have be reintroduced, but they also bring substantial benefits to regional economies, and this would likely be the case in Colorado, too.

Environmental Group Assails 'Polluter-Friendly' Obama Trade Deal

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Sierra Club on Wednesday released a report on the final text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, concluding that the landmark trade de...

After Text Release, Environmental Groups Speak Out on Trans-Pacific Trade Deal

Ilana Solomon | Posted 11.06.2016 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Yesterday, the U.S. finally unveiled the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. After seeing the text, more than a dozen conservation, wild...

Bringing Endangered Ferrets Back to their Historic Habitat

Caitlin Cattelino | Posted 10.21.2016 | Denver
Caitlin Cattelino

Even as we celebrate the return of the black-footed ferret to the Arsenal, the law that made it possible to save the ferret from extinction and has been the source of many similar conservation success stories, the Endangered Species Act, is under growing attacks.

Kate Sheppard

At Least Someone's Enjoying This House Confederate Flag Debacle | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Here's one group that's not very disappointed that a major House appropriations bill has gotten bogged down in a fight over the Confeder...

Inappropriate Appropriations

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 07.07.2016 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Congressional attacks on bedrock environmental laws are sadly nothing new. What is new, however, is the overwhelming magnitude and targeted nature of this recent wave of attacks. They are clearly intended to undermine the strength of lands, water and wildlife protections and would have disastrous implications for the future of conservation in the U.S.

Coexistence Is the Key to Our Wind Vision

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

In order to fully realize the benefits of wind energy, we must band together to see that the growth of the industry over the next several decades not only helps us meet clean energy goals but provides a stable set of guidelines and assurances for developers and, most importantly, minimizes impacts on wildlife and the environment in more ways than one.

America's Wildlife Refuges Belong to All of Us

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

The Obama administration's recent announcement recommending a wilderness designation for the Arctic Refuge's coastal plain says the administration stands by our nation's legacy of conservation stewardship of important federal lands over short-term economic profits, drilling and destructive development.

Kate Sheppard

Sage-Grouse Species Get Thrown Under The Omnibus | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – The $1 trillion omnibus spending agreement released by congressional lawmakers on Tuesday night ultimately managed to avoid including a...

We Deserve Leaders Who Support Conserving Colorado's Natural Heritage

Caitlin Cattelino | Posted 01.18.2015 | Denver
Caitlin Cattelino

As you've likely heard, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (the Service) listed the imperiled Gunnison sage-grouse as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) last week, a move needed to prevent the bird's extinction.

Saving the Last Wild Bison

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

This week, 139 healthy, genetically pure, wild bison will reclaim a small part of their historic home on the Great Plains when they arrive at the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Northeast Montana on Nov. 13.

Don't Poison Me! A Big Win for Baby Owls (Like This One) and Other Wildlife

Alison Hermance | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Alison Hermance

With luck, and with the successful implementation of the EPA regulations, no poisons will enter this owl family's food chain and this little owlet will grow up strong and healthy.

Andrew Perez

Republicans Gear Up For The Great Grouse War Of 2014 | Andrew Perez | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are working to block federal protection of several species of grouse, arguing that listing the birds as endang...

Michael McAuliff

Congressmen Defend Repairing Oil Pipes With Trash Bags And Duct Tape | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressmen who are angry at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service enforcement of environmental regulations were not outraged by an activist's ...

Was This Black-tailed Deer Fawn Kidnapped?

Alison Hermance | Posted 06.25.2014 | Green
Alison Hermance

The first things to look for if you think a wild animal of any age needs rescue are the Five C's. If an animal demonstrates any of these five symptoms, it is an emergency and he needs immediate help.

Protecting the Prairie-Chicken Protects the West -- We Must Do It Right

Caitlin Cattelino | Posted 06.09.2014 | Denver
Caitlin Cattelino

Where the prairie-chicken is concerned, we are talking about expansive, iconic, historic Southwestern vistas, and the best interests of the region's land, people and wildlife.

Rachel Carson's Legacy

Bob Musil | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green
Bob Musil

Today, fifty years after Rachel Carson's death from breast cancer in the spring of 1964, Carson's influence is intense, her legacy a living one. She continues to be attacked by right-wingers like Rush Limbaugh who hope to tarnish her reputation and hence her political heirs.

Affirming Our All-American Conservation Values Through the Endangered Species Act

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 02.19.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

After 40 important years of protecting America's wildlife for future generations, we find ourselves at a familiar crossroads, similar to where our leaders stood when they originally passed the ESA.

One Year After Sandy, a Moment to Look Back and Face the Future

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 12.29.2013 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Let's recognize the coming year as an opportunity to begin a new, proactive approach to climate change and extreme weather so we can be better prepared for the next Sandy. And let's look forward to this time next year and see that we have made a difference.

Give Wolves a Chance

Caitlin Cattelino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
Caitlin Cattelino

What would it take to get wolves into Colorado? Yes, our state does have captive wolves at rehabilitation and education centers like Mission: Wolf. But I'm talking about wild wolves like the ones I've seen in Yellowstone National Park.