Arizona Legislature Targets Mexican gray wolves

If you live in Arizona, please contact your State Senator and ask him or her to vote no on SB 1392 and SB 1395. Click on Protect Wolves and other Endangered Species to send an email, or call the Capitol and ask to be connected to your senator’s office. If you’re outside the Phoenix area, . . . → Read More: Arizona Legislature Targets Mexican gray wolves

A-S Petitions Arizona Department of Water Resources to Protect Steams

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests needs your help by April 25, 2011 to protect its “in-stream” surface water.

The A-S is petitioning the Arizona Department of Water Resources for 266,972 acres of water rights throughout the forest. These water rights are for surface water rights that remains in situ, or “in-stream” and will not be physically . . . → Read More: A-S Petitions Arizona Department of Water Resources to Protect Steams

Tell the Gila you Support Wildlife and Quiet Recreation!

You can draft your own letter to the Forest Service and email it to r3_gila_travel@fs.fed.us. Be sure to include “Travel Management” in the subject line.

If you prefer to mail your letter, address it to:

Gila National Forest Attn: Travel Management 3005 E. Camino del Bosque Silver City, NM 88061

Off-road vehicles have been running . . . → Read More: Tell the Gila you Support Wildlife and Quiet Recreation!

One Short Letter From You Can Save Mexican Wolves!

The editorial and letters to the editor below provide a brief window of opportunity for letters to the editor supporting Mexican wolves to be published in the Arizona Republic, the Santa Fe New Mexican, and the Albuquerque Journal.

Getting letters published in support of Mexican wolves is urgent right now, since bills have been introduced . . . → Read More: One Short Letter From You Can Save Mexican Wolves!

Imperil wolves

It’s politics. And it stinks. The long-fought effort to restore endangered Mexican gray wolves to the wilds of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico is threatened by posturing between two politicians. Montana’s Democratic Sen. Jon Tester and Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg, who intends to run for Senate, are each trying to look more appealing to anti-wolf factions in that state. Wolves are pawns. Let’s be clear: The situation for the Mexican gray wolves is very different from that of wolves in the northern Rockies. Wolves in the northern Rockies are in far better shape than the 50 Mexican gray wolves who stand between the species’ survival and its elimination in the wilds of the Southwest. These wolves need more protection, not less. Learn more Arizona Central. . . . → Read More: Imperil wolves

Keystone Species

Keystone Conservation is a nice web site that provides information on keystone species and their critical role in our ecosystems. They focus on “Pioneering Solutions that Help People and Predators Coexist.” What are Keystone Species? The keystone at the top of an arch holds all the stones in place. Without it, the arch collapses. Healthy ecosystems needs keystones—like wolves and whitebark pines—to function. Keystone species are the architects of biodiversity. Many predators are keystone species. We focus on far ranging species like wolves and bears in recognition of the complex, interactive, and vital roles these species play in predator-prey dynamics. . . . → Read More: Keystone Species

150 WORDS FROM YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXTINCTION AND SURVIVAL

Mexican gray wolves need your help to stop Congress from taking away the safety net of the Endangered Species Act. Thanks to this popular wildlife law, we still have wolves in New Mexico and Arizona playing their part in the balance of nature. Learn more at mexicanwolves.org. . . . → Read More: 150 WORDS FROM YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXTINCTION AND SURVIVAL

BLM Role in Protecting Land a Welcome Change

The era of “no more wilderness” is over. Thanks to a policy change just announced by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, many of our public lands now have the opportunity to be protected. Read more: ABQJOURNAL OPINION/GUEST_COLUMNS: BLM Role in Protecting Land a Welcome Change http://www.abqjournal.com/opinion/guest_columns/042055181716opinionguestcolumns02-04-11.htm#ixzz1DBwEa9nw Subscribe Now Albuquerque Journal . . . → Read More: BLM Role in Protecting Land a Welcome Change

Endangered Mexican gray wolf population grows for first time in four years

Defenders of Wildlife credits FWS leadership, end to excessive wolf removals

Summary:

The population of endangered Mexican gray wolves has grown for the first time in four years, up to at least 50 wolves and 2 breeding pairs in the wild – a near 20 percent increase from this time last year. These numbers are . . . → Read More: Endangered Mexican gray wolf population grows for first time in four years