fish and wildlife service

High Ethical Standards Will Rule Interior Department, Salazar Vows

High Ethical Standards Will Rule Interior Department, Salazar Vows

WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2009 (ENS) – The Obama administration’s new Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has promised that high ethical standards will be the norm at the department that has been plagued with scandals under the Bush administration. In an address to thousands of Interior Department employees Thursday broadcast live by satellite to…

Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit

Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit

WASHINGTON, DC, January 21, 2009 (ENS) – In one of his first presidential acts, President Barack Obama has ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel issued the memorandum Tuesday shortly after Obama took the oath of office at noon on the…

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Regulations announced by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne last week that would exempt many federal activities, including those that generate greenhouse gases, from review under the Endangered Species Act were published in the Federal Register Tuesday. But the regulations are being challenged in court by three…

Ecosystem Approach to Hawaii Wildlife Welcome But Not New

Ecosystem Approach to Hawaii Wildlife Welcome But Not New

HONOLULU, Hawaii, October 5. 2008 (ENS) – Conservationists are expressing mixed reactions to the federal government’s proposal to add 48 species found only on the island of Kauai to the federal endangered species list and also to designate critical habitat for them. While advocates support the ecosystem approach proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife…

Bush Administration Peppered With Endangered Species Lawsuits

Bush Administration Peppered With Endangered Species Lawsuits

PORTLAND, Oregon, October 2, 2008 (ENS) – The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity today filed five separate lawsuits in federal court all charging the Bush administration with political interference in designation of critical habitat for six western species that are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The species include two birds,…

Nigeria, Cameroon Cooperate to Save Most Endangered Ape

Nigeria, Cameroon Cooperate to Save Most Endangered Ape

NEW YORK, New York, September 5, 2008 (ENS) – With just 300 individuals left in the wild, Cross River gorillas have found new conservation support from the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria, the only two countries where these great apes live. Representatives from the two nations agreed last week to improve trans-boundary cooperation to protect…

Cameroon-Canada-U.S. Ivory Smuggler Gets Five Years

Cameroon-Canada-U.S. Ivory Smuggler Gets Five Years

AKRON, Ohio, August 11, 2008 (ENS) – An art dealer who operated import and export businesses in Canada and Cameroon that were fronts for smuggling raw elephant ivory has been sentenced to five years in prison and a $100,000 fine for smuggling ivory from Cameroon into the United States. Canadian citizen and former Montreal resident…

Northern Rockies Wolves Temporarily Back on Endangered List

Northern Rockies Wolves Temporarily Back on Endangered List

MISSOULA, Montana, July 21, 2008 (ENS) – A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction restoring gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains to the endangered species list and halting the indiscrimate killing of wolves for the duration of a trial in which conservationist plaintiffs contest the removal of the wolves from the protected list.…

California's Delta Smelt Could Merit Endangered Listing

California's Delta Smelt Could Merit Endangered Listing

SACRAMENTO, California, July 11, 2008 (ENS) – The delta smelt, a small silvery fish that has come to represent the condition of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Estuary, may be declared an endangered species under U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service action announced Wednesday. The federal agency made a positive preliminary finding on a petition by three environmental…

Texas Tries to Clear the Air at Two National Parks

Texas Tries to Clear the Air at Two National Parks

AUSTIN, Texas, June 11, 2008 (ENS) – To comply with federal air quality requirements for national parks, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is revising the State Implementation Plan, SIP, to address visibility at both Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains parks and at protected areas in neighboring states. The federal rule calls for visibility improvements…

Texas Boot Dealer Jailed for Smuggling Sea Turtle Skins

Texas Boot Dealer Jailed for Smuggling Sea Turtle Skins

DENVER, Colorado, June 2, 2008 (ENS) – Jorge Caraveo of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Denver to serve 18 months in prison for his participation in the sale and smuggling of sea turtle and other exotic skins and skin products into the United States from Mexico. Along with the…

Law Would Save Half Million Acres of California Wilderness

Law Would Save Half Million Acres of California Wilderness

WASHINGTON, DC, May 29, 2008 (ENS) – Legislation to protect almost half a million acres of federal public lands in California has been introduced in Congress on a bipartisan basis. The Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Wild Heritage Act will give wilderness designations to 472,804 acres of public land, the highest level of protection…

Forest Service Could Be Sued as Visitors Trash Arizona Creek

Forest Service Could Be Sued as Visitors Trash Arizona Creek

TUCSON, Arizona, May 23, 2008 (ENS) – The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity today filed a 60 day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service for Endangered Species Act violations at Fossil Creek in central Arizona. Addressed to Regional Forester Corbin Newman, the notice states that the Forest Service has failed to consult…

U.S. Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection

U.S. Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration reluctantly declared the polar bear a threatened species today, concluding that the loss of Arctic sea ice has put the future of the iconic species in peril. But the administration also took steps to ensure the decision will not require new efforts…

Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Now Endangered Species Candidate

Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout Now Endangered Species Candidate

WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Rio Grande cutthroat trout is declining and its conservation status is “cause for concern” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today. After a review of this native fish’s situation, the Service is recommending that the subspecies be formally proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act.…

Miami Woman Honored for Saving Puerto Rican Coastal Wetland

Miami Woman Honored for Saving Puerto Rican Coastal Wetland

MIAMI, Florida, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Mildred Ramos Majoros of Miami has been named the winner of the 2008 National Wetlands Award for Conservation and Restoration. The award honors her multi-year effort as a project manager with the Trust for Public Land to preserve 270 acres of critical coastal habitat in Puerto Rico that…

Survey Finds Bush Administration Interfering with EPA Scientists

Survey Finds Bush Administration Interfering with EPA Scientists

WASHINGTON, DC, April 24, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has frequently meddled with scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a survey released today by a scientific advocacy group. The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that nearly two-thirds of the 1,586 staff EPA scientists who responded to a questionnaire complained of recent…

Corps Hears Missouri Flood Concerns, Neutralizes Spring Rise

Corps Hears Missouri Flood Concerns, Neutralizes Spring Rise

OMAHA, Nebraska, March 27, 2008 (ENS) – The Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will adjust releases from five tributary dams in Missouri and Kansas to eliminate the spring pulse, also called the spring rise – the release of millions of gallons of water on the Missouri River below Kansas City. The 48…

Red Knots Get to Feast on Horseshoe Crab Eggs

Red Knots Get to Feast on Horseshoe Crab Eggs

TRENTON, New Jersey, March 26, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Jon Corzine Tuesday signed legislation imposing a moratorium on harvesting horseshoe crabs in New Jersey so that starving shorebirds can feed. Horseshoe crab eggs at Delaware Bay are a primary source of food for red knots on their way north to breed in the Canadian Arctic.…

Crush, Don't Flush Campaign Launched

Crush, Don't Flush Campaign Launched

SAN DIEGO, California, March 18, 2008 (ENS) – The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Monday signed a formal agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Pharmacists Association, APhA, to help protect fish and aquatic resources from the improper disposal of medication. The campaign – tagged “SMARxT DISPOSAL” – informs people…

Judge Orders Renewed Protection for Desert Bald Eagle

Judge Orders Renewed Protection for Desert Bald Eagle

PHOENIX, Arizona, March 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Center for Biological Diversity and Maricopa Audubon have won a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue Endangered Species Act protection for the desert nesting bald eagle, found mostly in Arizona. The groups challenged the Service’s 2006 rejection of their October 6, 2004…

Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration on Monday for missing the legal deadline to issue a final decision on whether or not to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense…

Canada Lynx May Win Back Critical Habitat

Canada Lynx May Win Back Critical Habitat

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2008 (ENS) – Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released revised plans to establish critical habitat for Canada lynx in Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Washington and Wyoming. The new habitat protection plan is in response to an investigation that found that a Bush administration political appointees interfered with the scientific…

Groups Seek Emergency Endangered Listing for Red Knot

Groups Seek Emergency Endangered Listing for Red Knot

WASHINGTON, DC, February 28, 2008 (ENS) – Emergency protections are needed to prevent further declines in numbers of a small migratory shorebird called the red knot, warns a letter submitted to federal officials Wednesday by the American Bird Conservancy and eight other conservation groups. The red knot makes one of the longest yearly migrations of…

Conservationists Serve Notice of Lawsuit Over Wolf Delisting

Conservationists Serve Notice of Lawsuit Over Wolf Delisting

WASHINGTON, DC, February 27, 2008 (ENS) – Eleven conservation groups fighting to protect wolves in the northern Rockies today notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the agency has violated the Endangered Species Act by removing the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf population from the federal list of endangered species. The groups put the…