Tag Archives: Fish and wildlife

The idiots who don’t believe global warming, or climate change, or any other slice of science

My friend conservation columnist Ted Williams offers this insightful look at the deniers. Whatta crew.

Global disaster? Climate change not on today’s media agenda

According to the National Climatic Data Center, July 211 to June 2012 was the hottest 12-month stretch on human record. But even as the devastation resulting from humanity’s ongoing alteration of the Earth’s atmosphere became more and more obvious, coverage of the 2012 presidential election campaign seemed completely impervious to the effects of climate change,”the media watchdog organization FAIR reported. You can read about FAIR’s findings right here. The conservation impact of what we humans are doing to our fish and wildlife heritage by burning fossil fuels goes well beyond the crisis faced by one or two species.

Who pays conservation groups’ legal counselors, and do they get rich?

As some politicians have famously said over the years: Let me make on thing perfectly clear. If Congress would simply adequately fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies involved with the Endangered Species Act, there were would be far fewer court cases filed by conservationists. But some right-wing wackos in Congress see it the other way around: Cut the agencies’ funding and then raise hell when conservationists file a lawsuit. This article has lots of background on the tussle.


Calif. delta group blasts canal plan as ‘Brown legacy, green disaster’

Hah. This is a great read. So, take it in and then ponder the future, especially that of the fish and wildlife of the “delta” region.

Montana wildlife agency may hike the cost of licenses, tags

This is now a familiar story in many states. As the pool of eligible hunters/fishers decline, so does the revenue from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses/tags. And, of course, while that happens, the loss of natural land to development, sprawl and road building just keeps going and going. All citizens, regardless of whether they hunt or fish, should contribute to the operating budget of their state’s fish and wildlife agency. One way to get there is through dedicating a percentage of the sales tax to that purpose.

Sprawl coming to Tupper Lake, N.Y., after APA vote

This is really really sad. But I and many other conservationists expected the approval vote by the commissioners of the Adirondack Park Agency. With the nearly 7,000-acre development will come roads, noise pollution, air pollution, fragmented and destroyed wildlife habitat, etc. Thanks a bunch, APA.

Quote of the week

“Rivers run through our history and folklore, and link us as a people. They nourish and refresh us and provide a home for dazzling varieties of fish and wildlife and trees and plants of every sort. We are a nation rich in rivers.”

— Charles Kuralt