Feds Withdraw Protections for California-Nevada Sage Grouse

The Trump administration continued its pattern of rolling back or declining to pursue protections for the greater sage grouse, the iconic bird which has seen its population numbers dwindle across a broad swath of rangeland in the American West. 

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Texas Pipeline

Austin, Texas, Travis County et al. sued Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, et al. in federal court, claiming the planned 430-mile Permian Highway natural gas Pipeline through the Central Texas Hill Country will illegally cross sensitive environment and aquifer recharge zones and habitat for species protected by the Endangered Species Act.

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Suit Spurs US Review of Grizzly Bear Status

The last grizzly bear in California was shot in the Sierra Foothills, just outside of Fresno, in 1922, so it is a sad irony that the animal still adorns California’s state flag – a symbol of the state’s pride but also a reminder of its history of overmanaging wildlife to the detriment of predators and a natural ecological balance. 

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Feds Say Melting Glaciers Are Putting Insects in Peril

In about 10 years the glaciers of Glacier National Park will be gone, scientists predict. They may take with them species that rely on clear, cold water, such as the meltwater lednian stonefly and western glacier stonefly – both listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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