April 25, 2015

Public Dangers on Public Wild Lands

Private wildlands are governed by laws that are well-established. You need permission to be there if you are not the landowner. In contrast, As long as you move every two weeks, you can legally live in National Forests. All you need is a P.O. Box, a cell phone, some shelter and an $80 a year interagency pass to legally live on federal lands. http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/annual.shtml

Some studies by the University of Oregon have found that thousands of people are living in National Forests in that state, some just to save money, others to get away from the world. (link) No one knows just how many people are doing this nation-wide, but there are several Internet websites designed to help homeless folks who survive in the wilds, (link) and even a Wikihow Internet page with suggestions on how to survive life in the wilds.http://www.wikihow.com/Live-in-the-Woods

Source: Public Dangers on Public Wild Lands : The Outdoor Wire


Open Thread – Saturday, April 26, 2015


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The Conservation Fund, RMEF Team Up to Protect Wyoming Working Lands and Wildlife Habitat

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Conservation Fund and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) worked together with a conservation-minded family and key partners to permanently protect 3,239 acres of working ranch lands and crucial wildlife habitat in the Upper Green River Valley in Wyoming. The resulting conservation easement is a strategic tool that the landowner utilized to help boost his operations, while also safeguarding habitat for sage grouse, elk and the largest concentration of Shiras Moose in the country as well as other wildlife species.

“The habitat values of this land are vital,” said Blake Henning, RMEF vice president of Lands and Conservation. “We appreciate Tim Delaney and his family for recognizing the importance of maintaining and protecting their ranch for a vast array of wildlife. We also appreciate the good folks at The Conservation Fund for their diligent efforts in making this happen.”

“The Rolling Thunder Ranch represents a critical piece in The Conservation Fund’s longstanding work in Wyoming’s Upper Green River Valley,” said Luke Lynch, The Conservation Fund’s Wyoming state director. “We’re thankful for the family’s dedication and commitment to conserving their land, and also for our partners, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), who help us preserve the natural landscapes and the family ranches that are at the heart of our heritage. We appreciate Congress funding this important NRCS conservation program, particularly the leadership of Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso, and Representative Lummis.

The property is located south of Jackson Hole along the Hoback Rim between the Gros Ventre and Wyoming ranges. It strengthens the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by linking thousands of acres of the Bridger-Teton National Forest with other previously conserved private ranches.

“This project strikes at the heart of our mission. Not only does it protect summer and winter range and calving areas for elk but it also includes migration routes for antelope and mule deer, important habitat for Canada lynx and yearlong range for sage grouse,” added Henning.

“Our ‘good for the bird, good for the herd’ philosophy translates to conservation practices that promote healthy grazing lands that benefit the sage grouse and other wildlife,” said Astrid Martinez, state conservationist for Wyoming NRCS. “Conservation easements help prevent land fragmentation and protect working ranches.”

Key funding for the easement came from the USDA’s NRCS’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (now a part of the NRCS Agricultural Conservation Easement Program), in coordination with the Sage Grouse Initiative (SGI). SGI is a partnership that aims to coordinate with ranchers to improve habitat for the at-risk bird while maintaining working landscapes. The project also received funding from the Wyss Foundation and vital support from Wyoming’s Congressional delegation.

Since 1989, RMEF and its partners have completed 588 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects in Wyoming with a combined value of more than $118.3 million. These projects have protected or enhanced more than 1,050,387 acres of habitat and have opened or secured public access to 73,200 acres.

Not science fiction: Miami wants to predict when and where crime will occur | Miami Herald Miami Herald

Armed with high-tech software and years of crime data, Miami police believe they will soon be able to stop crimes by predicting when and where they will occur.

What could possibly go wrong?

Source: Not science fiction: Miami wants to predict when and where crime will occur | Miami Herald Miami Herald

Norway imprisons five men for hunting wolves – UPI.com

Norway on Tuesday handed down prison sentences to five men accused of hunting wolves last year, the first such case to be prosecuted in the Scandinavian country, where wolf populations are drastically low.

The case at the South Oesterdal District Court in eastern Norway ended with the main defendant receiving a one-year, eight-month sentence, while four others were given sentences between six months and a year, as well as hunting bans of various lengths. A sixth defendant was not charged.

Source: Norway imprisons five men for hunting wolves – UPI.com

For copy of wolf necropsy report in this case.

Legislative auditor will examine Minnesota’s deer population management | Star Tribune

Minnesota’s deer population management program will be audited this year by the state’s Legislative Auditor — a move pushed by some deer hunters critical of the Department of Natural Resources deer management

Source: Legislative auditor will examine Minnesota’s deer population management | Star Tribune

Kids’ school trip cancelled over wolf fears – The Local

Kindergartens in Lower Saxony have cancelled a trip to the forest for their pupils over parents’ fears that the children might be attacked by wolves.

Source: Kids’ school trip cancelled over wolf fears – The Local

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Rep. Newhouse Introduces Legislation to Remove Gray Wolf from Endangered Species Act List

April 23, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced H.R. 1985, the Pacific Northwest Gray Wolf Management Act of 2015 to remove the gray wolf from the “List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and return management authority for the species back to the individual Pacific Northwest states. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) joined Rep. Newhouse to introduce this legislation as original co-sponsors:

“This is a commonsense bill that would allow states to provide a more flexible management program and move forward with the implementation of the gray wolf delisting efforts, which are long overdue,” said Rep. Newhouse. “States are fully qualified to manage gray wolf populations responsibly and are better equipped to meet the needs of local communities, ranchers, livestock, and wildlife populations. Delisting the gray wolf under ESA would allow state wildlife officials to manage wolf populations more effectively.”

For the text of the legislation, click here.


On June 13, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) released a proposed rule that would have removed the gray wolf from the “List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.” This determination was made after FWS “evaluated the classification status of gray wolves currently listed in the contiguous United States and Mexico under the Endangered Species Act of 1973” and found the “best available scientific and commercial information indicates that the currently listed entity is not a valid species under the Act,” according to the proposed rule.

The statutory purpose of Endangered Species Act (ESA) is to recover species to the point where they are no longer considered “endangered” or “threatened.” The gray wolf is currently found in nearly fifty countries around the world and has been placed in the classification of “least concern” globally for risk of extinction by the Species Survival Commission Wolf Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation Nature (IUCN). Ample populations in the United States and Canada have already led to the delisting of the gray wolf from ESA in the Northern Rocky Mountain and Western Great Lakes region.

Open Thread – Friday, April 24, 2015


WASTED? or just a waste.

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