Biodiversity Conservation Alliance

BIODIVERSITY BROADCAST
Email Newsletter for May 2011

 Contents:

  1. BCA Barbecue has been Postponed to July 16, 2011
  2. Red Desert Week Events a Big Success
  3. BLM Decides not to Issue Adobe Town Oil and Gas Leases
  4. Gateway South Transmission Line Meetings
  5. Carpool to Cheyenne to Speak at Oil Shale Hearings this Thursday!
  6. BCA is Moving! Want to Help?

BCA Barbecue has been Postponed to July 16, 2011

3905 Gray's Gable Road
Sign

Come and enjoy BCA's first BBQ and Silent Auction - 5pm to 8pm at Laramie's historic log built landmark, the Quadra Dangle Square Dance Club.

There will be square dancing fun, a catered BBQ dinner and a silent auction.

Tickets on sale NOW!

Tickets will be $25 each for non members and $20 each for BCA members. Children under 12 are free. For more information please contact Jennifer Petersen at Jennifer@voiceforthewild.org or call 307-742-7978.

We hope to see you there for a night of fun!

Red Desert Week Events a Big Success

The Wyoming Association of Churches' Red Desert Week events held last week drew substantial crowds across the state. The Laramie event, which included a magnificent art show and speakers from the university and the faith community, drew between 70 and 80 participants.

Tyler Edgar of the National Council of Churches addresses the topic of creation care at the Laramie event.
Tyler Edgar

In Rock Springs, it was star-studded event where including several legislators, the Mayor of Green River, the Deputy County Attorney, and the head of the Southwest County Economic Development Association. Lander had 70 attendees and Casper had 36 people come out to listen to religious leaders share their perspectives on the imperative of creation care and the importance of deserts and wilderness in Christian theology.

BCA Director Erik Molvar presented his slide show on the book Wyoming's Red Desert: A Photographic Journey at the events in Laramie, Casper, and Rock Springs. Congratulations to the volunteer workers of the On Sacred Ground chapters throughout the state for pulling off a successful series of events that brought much-needed attention to the need for long-term Red Desert conservation.

BLM Decides not to Issue Adobe Town Oil and Gas Leases

Backpacker Magazine journalists hiking through unprotected Adobe Town lands south of the Wilderness Study Area.
Backpackers

Thanks to lease protests by Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and The Wilderness Society, the BLM has decided not to issue 5,400 acres of oil and gas leases sold at the May 2010 lease auction.

The lease parcels will need to go through a review to determine whether they should be protected under the new Wild Lands policy announced by the Secretary of Interior last December.

Ironically, because anti-environmental members of Congress blocked funding for Wild Lands review in the federal budget, the leases will remain in limbo for a good long time. Meanwhile, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced last friday that the perennially anti-wilderness state will be suing to block the new Wild Lands policy and prevent the BLM from inventorying its lands to see which areas outside presently designated and protected Wilderness Study Areas also qualify for protection as wilderness.

For more information on the Adobe Town victory, visit http://www.voiceforthewild.org/general/news/n28April11.html.

Gateway South Transmission Line Meetings

Please attend the meeting of your choice:

Baggs
May 10, 2011
Valley Community Center
255 West Osborne


Meeting Schedule

Rock Springs
May 11, 2011
Rock Springs High School
1375 James Drive

Rawlins
May 12, 2011
Rawlins High School
1401 Colorado Street

All meetings will be held from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

In Wyoming, the proposed Gateway South alternating current (AC) transmission lines would run from I-80 near Creston Junction (between Rawlins and Rock springs) to Baggs along a route similar to that of the earlier proposed Transwest direct current (DC) transmission lines. According to the Federal Register Notice, Gateway South would carry "1,500 megawatts of electricity generated from renewable and thermal sources at planned facilities in Wyoming."

Serious concerns with the proposed Gateway South transmission line route include harmful impacts to:

  • Greater sage grouse and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse habitat
  • raptor nesting concentration areas
  • mule deer migration routes
  • high quality songbird habitat
  • the wildlands of the historic Powder Rim* where a unique and rich mix of juniper woodland and sagebrush meadows provides nesting habitat for sage grouse.

*The northern side of Powder Rim slopes down into the Skull Creek basin, where it is dissected into clay badlands. The vast, old-growth juniper woodlands on the southern slope of Powder Rim are home to 9 of the 10 juniper obligate songbirds found in Wyoming. These birds include such Wyoming rarities as the Scott's oriole and blue-gray flycatcher. This area provides perhaps the finest opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation in a juniper woodland setting available in Wyoming. The Gateway South proposed transmission route would also negatively impact the historic Cherokee Trail hiking and outdoor recreation experience.

Please attend a meeting nearest you and tell the BLM to protect wildlife, historic sites and scenic viewsheds.

Scoping comments are due June 30, 2011.

Comments may be made to the BLM during the open house meetings or emailed to GatewaySouth_WYMail@blm.gov or by mail to:

BLM Wyoming State Office
Energy Gateway South Transmission Project
P.O. Box 21150
5353 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003
Attention: Tamara Gertsch

More detailed project information and documents are available on the project Web site: www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/hdd/gateway_south.html.

Carpool to Cheyenne to Speak at Oil Shale Hearings this Thursday!


Processing Plant

BCA will be coordinating carpooling to Cheyenne for members of the public who want to give their public comments on the BLM's oil shale and tar sands leasing plan, this Thursday, May 5th, from 1-4 pm and 6-9 pm.

If you would like to attend one of these hearing sessions and want to carpool, call Erik Molvar at 742-7978.

For more info on the hearings, visit http://www.voiceforthewild.org/general/alerts/a18April11.html.

BCA is Moving! Want to Help?

BCA is on the move to a new location! We will be moving to 412 South 2nd Street in June. This is a great opportunity for us but moving is expensive. Please help us celebrate and cut costs by volunteering to help us move.

We will need help with the following:

  • Removal of carpet
  • Prep work for painting
  • Painting
  • Packing
  • Moving Furniture and Boxes

We are also looking for the following items:

  • Kitchen sink and cabinet
  • Bathroom Medicine Cabinet
  • Conference Room Table

To find out how you can help call Jennifer at 307-742-7978 or email at Jennifer@voiceforthewild.org to sign up and schedule work dates.

Thanks for using your voice for the wild!


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