Biodiversity Conservation Alliance

BIODIVERSITY BROADCAST
Email Newsletter for January 2011

 Contents:

  1. BCA Fights to Protect Pygmy Rabbit
  2. Thanks to Funders
  3. Wyoming's Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse Still Unprotected
  4. Lease Protest
  5. Red Desert Book Signing in Pinedale
  6. Welcome Jennifer Petersen

U.S. FISH & WILDLIFE DENIES PROTECTION FOR PYGMY
RABBIT — BCA AND OTHER GROUPS CHALLENGE DECISION

Pygmy Rabbit
(Photo by John Witham)
Pygmy Rabbit

On December 10 Advocates for the West, on behalf of BCA and six other groups, filed a lawsuit against U.S. Fish and Wildlife for failing to protect the pygmy rabbit under the Endangered Species Act.

The groups point to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ignoring scientific evidence that threats to this easily disturbed and displaced rabbit from fire, invasive plants, energy development, overgrazing, and conversion of sagebrush habitat to farmland are real and increasing in scope and intensity.

The lawsuit also charges that the Service ignored the historic range of the rabbit and used only its much smaller and fragmented current range to determine the population status, and trend for the species.

The groups' filings include an offer to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with Fish and Wildlife that would offer protection for this tiny rabbit that climbs high into the branches of old-growth sagebrush to nibble on buds and leaves.

THANKS TO YOU — BCA'S NEW YEAR OF FUNDRAISING IS OFF TO A GREAT START!

Wild Cow Creek Proposed Wilderness
(Photo by BCA)
Mountains

Individual contributions are especially critical this year as we are still facing recessionary times. Many of you have already sent in your generous support to protect Wyoming's vanishing landscapes and ecosystems and BCA thanks you for investing in this important work.

If you're proud to be part our mission to protect wildlife and wild places, and haven't contributed already, please contribute — and encourage a friend to contribute, as well.

Thank you all so much! We couldn't do it without you. Happy new year!

BCA SEEKS FULL PROTECTION FOR PREBLE'S MEADOW JUMPING
MOUSE — PROTECTED IN COLORADO, BUT NOT IN WYOMING

Preble's Leaving Wyoming for Colorado
(Adaptation of Photo by USFWS)
Mouse

BCA and other groups who petitioned the listing of the Preble's are challenging the removal of Endangered Species Act protection for Wyoming populations of the rare mouse.

Recently federal courts have emphatically rejected the "dual listing" approach to wolves, in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, pointing out that a species that is endangered must be protected across its entire range.

TWO MORE BCA LEASE PROTESTS SAVE SAGE-GROUSE HABITAT

Sage-Grouse
(Photo by Jim Laybourn)
Sage-Grouse

The Bureau of Land Management has decided two more lease protests from late 2009, pulling back almost 15,000 acres of key sage-grouse habitat that now will not be leased for oil and gas drilling. On the downside, some 4,900 acres of leases involving the Adobe Town citizens proposed wilderness were allowed to go ahead.

BCA is looking into options for a legal challenge for these leases.

Sage-grouse Core Areas haven't always received strong protection, but not leasing them for future drilling is the ultimate solution. We're proud to have put a stop to drilling on these sensitive lands. In addition to BCA, other groups who share in this victory include Center for Native Ecosystems, the National Wildlife Federation, Wyoming Outdoor Council, the Audubon Society, and the National Outdoor Leadership School.

JOIN BCA DIRECTOR ERIK MOLVAR FOR A RED DESERT BOOK READING IN PINEDALE

Book Cover
(Photo by Ken Driese)
Wyoming's Red Desert: A Photographic Journey

BCA's own Erik Molvar will be giving a book reading and slide show based on our new book, Wyoming's Red Desert: A Photographic Journey.

Pinedale, Wyoming
Thursday, January 27th
7:00 p.m.

The event will be held at the Sublette County Public Library and admission is free. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The event is sponsored by the Upper Green River Alliance, Wyoming Humanities Council, and Wyoming Arts Council.

We hope to see you there!

WELCOME BCA'S NEWEST SMILING FACE!

Jennifer Petersen
(Photo by BCA)
Jennifer Petersen

Jennifer Petersen, a long time resident of Jelm, Wyoming, brings to BCA a highly professional and experienced set of skills and plenty of business world know-how. She comes to BCA with over twenty years of customer service, management, and sales experience. In her brief time with BCA, she has already contributed an extraordinary degree of energy, great ideas, and demonstrated a no-nonsense, "let's get to work" attitude.

Jennifer's professional experience includes development of programs that inspire a positive culture for employees while promoting company growth.

A self-professed hard-working country girl, Jennifer jumps into her work with both feet and takes the initiative to get things done.

All of us at BCA — and we are sure you will be too, as you get to know her — are very excited to have Jennifer join BCA's team efforts to protect wild lands and wildlife in Wyoming and surrounding states!

Send your welcome message to Jennifer at jennifer@voiceforthewild.org.


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