Hello Women Friends Who Love Nature, Wildlife and The Great Outdoors,
Many of you are probably familiar with the kick-butt, oh so cool, wonderfully outrageous, incredibly effective international group of amazing women called Great Old Broads for Wilderness who are making a real difference for the protection and preservation of wilderness ! Check out the . . . → Read More: Great Old Broads for Wilderness to Organize in Tucson
Learn how you can help our fish, wildlife and rivers at a special workshop in Phoenix, Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30 PM. Learn more:
One of the few people to agree with closing more roads was Don Hoffman. He is concerned about the roads that used to be closed that are now open. “Eighty percent of users of the forest like to hike and have quiet recreation. I’m concerned about them opening roads in quiet areas.” And Chris Knopp said: “Forest Supervisor Chris Knopp said they are considering holding two additional meetings: one in Payson and the other in the Phoenix area to accommodate the summer residents of the White Mountains.” We need your support and your comments to protect our quiet recreation! Watch for meetings in Payson and PHoenix. Our alert will be out soon! . . . → Read More: Forest travel meeting draws a big crowd
Society for Conservation Biology calls for the Secretary of the Interior to implement a six-step toward recovery effort for the highly endangered Mexican wolf in the American Southwest. . . . → Read More: Society for Conservation Biology Asks the US Fish and Wildlife Service to Increase Efforts to Recover the Mexican Wolf
Just home from a camping trip within the territory of the Hawk’s Nest wolf pack in eastern Arizona, activist Jean Ossorio complains that the US Fish and Wildlife Service has released only one new wolf into the wild within the past four years. Worse, she says, the federal agency heading up the reintroduction and recovery effort of the Mexican gray wolf has delayed the planned release of a pack of wolves she calls the Engineer Springs Eight. Read more in the Santa Fe Reporter… . . . → Read More: On the Ground Strategy Advocates push to retire grazing permits on wolf recovery land
Perhaps the best control we have on the effects of hunting on predator-human conflicts is California. In 1991 California voters passed an initiative that outlawed hunting of cougars. Today California has more cougars (about 6000) than any other western state, yet has the lowest per capita rate of cougar attacks in the West. In other words, in states where cougars are hunted so they presumably “fear man” there are far more cougar attacks on people than in California—even though California has more people, and more cougars than any other state—thus should, statistically speaking, have much higher per capita cougar attacks. California also has one of the lowest livestock losses in the West attributed to cougars as well suggesting that hunting is ineffective at reducing conflicts with ranchers—in fact the evidence suggests that hunting actually increases livestock losses in many instances. Read the full article. . . . → Read More: Hunting and Predators–does it work?
The wolf stays about 30 feet from us, skittishly walking a semicircle. When I step forward, she hops back and lowers her head submissively. Talking assertively seems silly now and Solan and I just stand there, trying to understand her behavior. Fifty miles from the nearest road, it’s unlikely she’s conditioned to humans. She’s not . . . → Read More: A Beautiful Encounter with Alaskan Wolf
Two conservation organizations have intervened in a lawsuit calling for the removal of some of the wolves in the Gila National Forest.
Eva Sargent, Defenders of Wildlife’s Southwest program director, added: “ The Fish & Wildlife Service made the right call when it stopped wolf removals. We are intervening on the side of the . . . → Read More: Conservation organizations intervene in lawsuit over removal of gray wolves
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Travel Management Planning. All of us who cherish quiet recreations and the conservation of our public lands need to stand up and be heard. The ORV industry is large and vocal. These motorized vehicles disturb wildlife habitat and natural vegetation, and destroy national monuments, parks, forests, deserts, and even archaeological sites. . . . → Read More: ORVs Impact on Environment
The four Travel Management Alternatives recently released by the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests all fail to adequately protect the watersheds that White Mountain communities depend on. All of the Alternatives call for one stream crossing for every 1.2 miles of roads or motor vehicle trails with a third of the road mileage being within 300 feet of surface water. The White Mountain Conservation League has identified several other concerns about the off-road vehicle plan. . . . → Read More: A-S Plans Public Meetings on Travel Managment Plan