Trump Approves ANWR Drilling

Today, the Trump administration finalized it’s plan to open up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development. This move overturns nearly five decades of effort to protect ANWR from drilling, with environmental groups fighting to block drilling since the Reagan administration.  The Interior Department has completed the required reviews, and has said it will began …

Ambler Road Approved

The Trump administration has approved a 211-mile road through a remote stretch of northwestern Alaska. The road is meant to aid in the development of the Ambler mining district, which will mostly be developed by a Canadian company. The road will not be open to the public. The road crosses through several environmentally critical areas, and is considered highly controversial. …

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F. Stuart Chapman III F. Stuart Chapin III, known to his friends as “Terry,” is an Alaskan ecologist whose research has addressed the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. He explores ways that communities and agencies can increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term despite rapid climatic and social changes. In this way, society can proactively shape changes toward a …

Save Bristol Bay: the FEIS is Here

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay has been released. The FEIS shows that more than 191 miles of streams and 4,614 acres of wetlands would be impacted if phase one of the proposed Pebble mine advances. 185 miles and 3,841 acres would be permanently impacted. All in all, the FEIS shows significant destruction …

Carl Safina’s Latest: Becoming Wild

“New York Times bestselling author Carl Safina brings readers close to three non-human cultures—what they do, why they do it, and how life is for them. Becoming Wild offers a glimpse into cultures among non-human animals through looks at the lives of individuals in different present-day animal societies. By showing how others teach and learn, Safina offers a fresh understanding of what …

BC Study Finds No Evidence to Support Predator Control

A new study released in British Columbia has found no evidence that the government-sponsored killing of wolves there has had any effect on the population of endangered caribou. The new research directly questions an earlier study that was used to justify the BC government’s wolf killing program. The implications of this new study are profound. Shortly after the earlier study …

The Government Agency Planting “Cyanide Bombs”

Wildlife Services (WS), an obscure federal agency operating under the US Department of Agriculture, kills large numbers of wildlife each year using such inhumane methods on behalf of agricultural interests. In 2018 alone, WS exterminated nearly 1.5 million native animals.  One method used is M-44s, or “cyanide bombs”, which are spring loaded tubes that send a spray of cyanide poison …

Military Land Grab in Nevada

Nevada’s Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest federal refuge in the lower 48, home to many rare and threatened species— including bighorn sheep and desert tortoises. According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the Democrat led House Armed Services Committee has recently green lighted giving 850,000 acres of the Desert Refuge to the Air Force to use as an …

A Win for Yellowstone Grizzlies

A highly significant win for Yellowstone grizzlies has been cast by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals! The court has decided to uphold a 2018 ruling that the Trump administration violated the Endangered Species Act when they removed protection from the iconic grizzly.  The court has ruled that the Yellowstone grizzly must remain protected under the Act,  and explained that …