Highway Cleanup – And Celebration of Liz Wise

The White Mountain Conservation League would like to dedicate this clean up to the memory of Liz Wise, who showed up at about 95% of our cleanups since we started 25 years ago.

Meet at mile marker 394 on highway 260, 4 miles east of McNary at 10:30 AM on November 9th

 

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Clean Air Arizona

Huge news!!! Arizonans officially have the chance to take back our power and choose a clean energy future for our state. APS spent your money on a desperate lawsuit to deny Arizonans the right to choose more clean energy — and they just lost. It’s time to take advantage of our biggest untapped resource — the sun!

So far, APS has spent over $11 million of their own customers’ money to keep us off the ballot and put their own profits above our health. Despite APS’s dirty tactics, the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona campaign turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures, and last week the Arizona Secretary of State certified Proposition 127 to the ballot.

First APS said we weren’t going to collect enough signatures.

Then APS said our signatures were bad.

And APS even went to court, spending their customers’ money on expensive lawyers to try and stop Arizonans from having the opportunity to have a say over our power.

It’s clear APS will say and do anything to keep Arizonans from voting on Prop 127, but with supporters like you, nothing can stop us.

Will you help us talk to your neighbors about Prop 127?

We’re organizing our first big canvass to knock on voters’ doors and talk to them about voting Yes on Prop 127!

It’s time to make the sun work for us. Please join us on Saturday, September 8th to help us let voters know that right now only 6% of our electricity comes the sun — but their votes can change that in November!

Sign up to volunteer today!

Please make sure to share the link to our Saturday, September 8 canvass with your members on social media – http://bit.ly/CleanEnergyCanvass

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No Fracking in Northern Arizona

No Fracking AZ is a local (Navajo/Apache counties), grassroots effort aimed at halting the development of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations in Northern Arizona. We are entirely unpaid volunteers, from diverse backgrounds: we are homemakers, tradespeople, professionals, environmentalists and retirees. What we have in common is that we understand the real threat that fracking poses to our water, our land, and our way of life.
The news is full of stories of developers’ promises of economic development, followed by dire consequences. Communities and individuals throughout the United States have had their lives torn apart by illnesses, plummeting property values, and ruined water supplies. If you are wondering what you can do to help, please read our petition *here*.  It is a start.  If you would like to volunteer, please click Contact in the menu bar and let us know.
We need to stand up soon against corporate interests that are poised to change the character of our region. Once the fracking has begun, remediation of any problems will be like picking the pepper out of your mashed potatoes. We hope that you will join us in this struggle. Please fill out our contact form if you are willing to help, or have contacts that could assist us! We will also gratefully accept your donations; as a not-for-profit organization, each dollar you are able to send will have a direct and meaningful impact. Thank you for helping keep Arizona beautiful, safe, and frack-free!

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Sham Recovery Plan–Designed for Extinction

For Immediate Release, July 14, 2017
Contact: Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity, (575) 313-7017, michaelr@biologicaldiversity.org

Mary Katherine Ray, Sierra Club, (575) 772-5655, mkrscrim@gmail.com

Kelly Nokes, WildEarth Guardians, (406) 209-9545, knokes@wildearthguardians.org

Hailey Hawkins, Endangered Species Coalition, (662) 251-5804, hhawkins@endangered.org

Bryan Bird, Defenders of Wildlife, (505) 501-4488, bbird@defenders.org

Letter Urges Release of Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Into Wild

Faltering Southwestern Wolves’ Gene Pool Needs Bolstering
SILVER CITY, N.M.— Thirty-one conservation and wolf-protection organizations in the Southwest and nationwide sent a letter today urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expeditiously release endangered Mexican gray wolves to the wild.

Adding new wolves from captivity to the struggling wild population is vital to diversifying the gene pool of the 113 closely related wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, the letter noted.

“Inbreeding could push the Mexican wolf over the cliff toward extinction if the Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t release captive wolves soon,” said Michael Robinson, a conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The trail forward for successful recovery gets steeper and narrower every day that wolf families are kept behind wire mesh, when they could be helping fix the genetic crisis in the wild.”
Two specific packs should be freed this month, according to recommendations from a federal and state interagency Mexican wolf team. The team advised that releases occur in June or July after elk calves are born “to facilitate natural hunting behavior.” Conservationists want to ensure those wolves are not sequestered indefinitely in pens, as wolf families have been in previous years after release plans were shelved. Today’s letter recommends specific animals and release locations in southern New Mexico.

“The continued survival of the lobo has been jeopardized by agency inaction,” said Mary Katherine Ray, wildlife chair for the Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club. “We stand at the precipice of losing our small Southwest wolf forever, a tragedy for nature and a moral failing of our own human species.”
“Wolves belong in the wild,” said Kelly Nokes, carnivore advocate for WildEarth Guardians. “Critically imperiled lobos should not be held in a state of perpetual captivity as a result of political pettiness. We call on the Service to put science and the law first, and release these genetically valuable wolves to their native southwestern homelands now.”

The conservationists requested that other wolves also be released, including a single female from Mexico, christened “Sonora” by schoolchildren in a naming contest, who was captured after crossing the border into Arizona in March. Freeing her in the United States to breed with wolves here would follow guidelines in the new draft Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan that calls for “translocations” of wolves between U.S. and Mexico populations to enhance both populations’ genetics.
“People all over the Southwest, including Utah and Colorado, are rooting for the Mexican gray wolf,” said Hailey Hawkins, southern Rockies representative of the Endangered Species Coalition. “Mexican wolves are one of our rarest mammals and treasured not just for their charisma but for their countless contributions to a healthy ecosystem. Folks want to see the Mexican wolf thrive, not just barely hang on like they have been for the last two decades. Federal management should reflect that.”

The interagency wolf team also proposed “cross-fostering” as many as 10 captive-born wolf pups into up to five wild wolf dens this spring. However, just four captive-born pups were implanted into only two dens, and four wild-born pups were removed from those dens and placed in captivity, which the field team did not advise (or even contemplate) as it sought an increase in wolf numbers.

“If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases more wolves, lobos will have a better chance at beating the clock on extinction,” said Bryan Bird, Southwest program director for Defenders of Wildlife. “With more wolf releases, their low numbers and limited genetic diversity will also improve. Wolves can restore the balance. When lobos roam safely on the landscape, they can bring our Southwestern ecosystems back to life.”

The game departments of Arizona and New Mexico, governed by commissions with appointees from the livestock and hunting-outfitting industries, have opposed releases of wolves. The Fish and Wildlife Service has been reluctant to buck state opposition.

Background

Mexican gray wolves are the smallest and rarest subspecies of gray wolf in North America. Federal trapping and poisoning of wolves on behalf of the livestock industry in the 20th century reduced Mexican wolves to just seven animals that, after passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973, were caught and successfully bred in captivity.

Some of their descendants were reintroduced into Arizona and New Mexico starting in 1998 and into northern Mexico in 2011. But due to ongoing federal trapping and shooting, and the infrequency of wolf releases from captivity, numbers in the U.S. have lagged below projections. They are so closely related now that, on average, each wolf is as genetically similar to every other wolf in the population as if they were siblings.
Scientists have urged resumption of stalled wolf releases in the United States, less heavy-handed management — meaning less killing — and establishing additional populations in northern New Mexico and Arizona and southern Utah and Colorado.

The Fish and Wildlife Service, in contrast, drafted a recovery plan that gives the states veto power over wolf releases and allows for the removal of federal protections while the species is still biologically imperiled. The draft recovery plan is currently open for public comment until August 29.

Michael J. Robinson
Center for Biological Diversity
P.O. Box 1727
Silver City, NM 88062

(575) 313-7017

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Arizona Wildlife Federation Meeting–Sipe

Arizona Wildlife Federation’s 94th Annual Meeting – June 3, 2017
Please join us for the annual meeting of the Arizona Wildlife Federation to be held at Sipes White Mountain Wildlife Center. Registration can be made by contacting Kimberlee Kreuzer at mailto: awf@azwildlife.org or by calling 480-644-0077.

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Walk in the Woods

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Let Your Voice Be Heard

4FRI
Four Forest Restoration Initiative
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Forest Restoration Public Workshops April 2017 Flyer FINAL

Alternatives Being Considered for the 4FRI Rim Country Project

No Action

This is the no action alternative required by NEPA. It represents no changes to current management, and the forest plans would continue to be implemented. Ongoing vegetation treatments and fire management activities, as well as road maintenance, recreation, firewood gathering, authorized livestock grazing, and other activities already authorized in separate NEPA decisions would continue. There would be no other restoration activities approved with the Rim Country Project. The no action alternative is the baseline for assessing the action alternatives.

Proposed Action (Modified)

This is the Proposed Action as presented for scoping, with additional detail, clarifications, corrections, and modifications in response to public comments received during the scoping period. This alternative will address the Economics, Wildlife and Aquatics Habitat, Treatments in MSO and Goshawk Habitat, Large Tree Retention, and Dwarf Mistletoe Mitigation issues.

This alternative will be designed to increase mechanical and fire treatments in order to maximize functional restoration across the Rim Country project area. Treatments will be designed to treat more acres to lower the basal area, and move farther and faster toward the desired conditions in the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, and Tonto Forest Plans. Alternative 3 is being drafted to address the Economics, Large Tree Retention, and Dwarf Mistletoe Mitigation issues.

Alternative 4

This alternative will be designed to determine where treatments can be optimized in areas most in need of treatment due to being most highly departed from the natural range of variation (NRV) of ecological conditions, or in areas that may put communities at risk from undesirable fire effects. Areas selected to treat will be those that can be moved the furthest toward desired conditions and be treated cost-effectively, optimizing both ecological restoration and economics, and resulting in fewer acres being treated. Alternative 4 is being drafted to address the Smoke/Air Quality, Economics, and Roads issues.

Issues for 4FRI Rim Country

1.  Smoke/Air Quality

There will be negative effects on air quality and human health from prescribed burning.

2.  Economics

The Rim Country Project needs to increase and broaden attention to socioeconomics, and include consideration of measures to facilitate implementation, and biomass utilization and disposal.

3.  Wildlife Habitat

There is a need for additional wildlife habitat improvements to fully meet the purpose and need for the Rim Country Project.

4.  Aquatics Habitat

There is a need for additional stream habitat improvements to fully meet the purpose and need for the Rim Country Project.

5.  Roads

There will be negative effects on watersheds, streams, and wildlife from the amount of temporary roads proposed for implementation.

6.  Full Restoration

There is a need to consider in detail a comprehensive landscape restoration alternative, analyzing returning the project area to historic reference conditions.

7.  Treatments in MSO PACs

There will be negative effects on MSO from the treatments proposed in MSO PACs.

8.  Treatments in Goshawk Habitat

There will be negative effects on goshawks from the proposed treatments in goshawk habitat.

9.  Large Tree Retention

There is a need to consider in detail large tree retention strategies in proposed treatments.

10. Dwarf Mistletoe Mitigation

There is a need to clearly define the scale and intensity of mistletoe treatments. There is a concern that mistletoe treatments are not needed to improve and restore forest and ecosystem health, and that they will be an excuse to remove the largest trees.

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March for Science!!!!

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Make Your Voice Heard

Just wanted to let you know that members of the Phoenix Lobos-Rising Packtivist Group will be joining other demonstrators in front of Senator Flake’s office on Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  There are lunchtime demonstrations every Friday outside of Senator Flake’s Phoenix office and every Monday outside of McCain’s office.  The offices are across the street from each other.  If you know of activists in the Phoenix area who would be interested in joining us, please forward the information to them.  Feel free to give them my contact information.  Maya and/or Donna will be posting on Facebook and an action alert will go on the Website.

Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  Demonstration against Senator Flake’s Mexican Gray Wolf Extinction Bill.

Demonstrate against Senator Flake’s Mexican Gray Wolf Extinction Bill

Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  If you can’t make it for the full hour, please come for whatever length of time you can.

In Front of Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office at 2200 E Camelback Road, Ste 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016

Bring a sign, if you have one!  If not, I will have some extra signs with me.

There will be a letter you can sign to be dropped off at Senator Flake’s office and Senator McCain’s office after the demonstration, or bring one of your own.

Info on this bill can be found at http://mexicanwolves.org/index.php/news/1726/51/Arizona-Action-Alert

Let’s join in on Friday the 7th and be a voice for the Lobos.

 

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Join Us to Tell Flake to Protect Wolves

Just wanted to let you know that members of the Phoenix Lobos-Rising Packtivist Group will be joining other demonstrators in front of Senator Flake’s office on Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  There are lunchtime demonstrations every Friday outside of Senator Flake’s Phoenix office and every Monday outside of McCain’s office.  The offices are across the street from each other.  If you know of activists in the Phoenix area who would be interested in joining us, please forward the information to them.  Feel free to give them my contact information.  Maya and/or Donna will be posting on Facebook and an action alert will go on the Website.

 

Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  Demonstration against Senator Flake’s Mexican Gray Wolf Extinction Bill.

 

Demonstrate against Senator Flake’s Mexican Gray Wolf Extinction Bill

Friday April 7th from 12 to 1PM.  If you can’t make it for the full hour, please come for whatever length of time you can.

In Front of Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office at 2200 E Camelback Road, Ste 120 Phoenix, AZ 85016

Bring a sign, if you have one!  If not, I will have some extra signs with me.

There will be a letter you can sign to be dropped off at Senator Flake’s office and Senator McCain’s office after the demonstration, or bring one of your own.

 

Info on this bill can be found at http://mexicanwolves.org/index.php/news/1726/51/Arizona-Action-Alert

 

Let’s join in on Friday the 7th and be a voice for the Lobos.

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