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  • December 29, 2009

    Taking Stock

    As the year draws to a close, I’m looking back and thinking about all the positive things that have happened on the conservation front. Globally, our world leaders are slowly moving toward doing something about global warming – something that is very real, and very serious.
    Other positive things include the legal hunting of wolves in the West, proof positive that the Endangered Species Act can indeed work if politics can be kept out of it and fish and game managers are allowed to do their jobs.

  • December 23, 2009

    Pennsylvanians Launch New Chapter in Elk Conservation

    Pennsylvania has broken into a Top 10 list of places to find monster elk, an historic indicator of successful habitat and management efforts. Keeping that conservation momentum going, both at home and across the U.S., is the goal of a newly launched Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation chapter in Bloomsburg/Danville, Pa.

  • December 16, 2009


    Populations of some bat species have plummeted more than 90 percent in Northeast
    caves impacted by “White Nose Syndrome,” according to an extensive investigation by the New
    York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Pete Grannis
    announced today.

    Surveying 23 caves at the epicenter of the bat die-off in early 2009, researchers found an
    alarming decline – 91 percent on average -- in the number of hibernating bats. The study
    included 18 caves in eastern New York, four in western Massachusetts and one in Vermont.

  • December 14, 2009

    TRCP Supports Forest Jobs and Recreation Act

    WASHINGTON – The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership has affirmed its support of Senate Bill 1470, the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, legislation that would fulfill twin goals of sustaining traditional conservation values and fish and wildlife resources in Montana while upholding the forest-based jobs that form the economic bedrock of communities throughout the state.

  • December 10, 2009

    Wolf Litigation Continues; Elk Foundation Files New Brief

    MISSOULA, Mont.—Responding to the latest legal wrangling by some environmental groups, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation again has entered into federal court an amicus curiae brief supporting wolf population management via state-regulated hunting in Idaho and Montana.

    The move means U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy will consider RMEF positions against the environmental groups’ request for summary judgment in a lawsuit seeking to stop the hunts and return gray wolves to the endangered species list.

  • December 7, 2009

    Mule Deer Foundation Exceeds Funding Goals for 2009

    Mule Deer Foundation President and CEO Miles
    Moretti announced today that MDF has once again put over $1.5 million
    dollars on the ground in 2009 to enhance and conserve mule deer and
    black-tailed deer habitat throughout the western United States. The
    money was raised through the sale of state wildlife auction and
    raffle tags, local fundraising banquets, along with corporate and
    private donations. Despite the economic downturn, MDF has been able
    to exceed project funding goals for 2009.

  • December 3, 2009

    Asian Carp May Be Moving Into Lake Michigan

    The long feared breach by Asian carp of the $9MM electronic barrier on the
    Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (which links the Great Lakes with the
    Mississippi River drainage south of Chicago) may have occurred. The resulting impact on the Great Lakes could be devastating, and local environmental groups are
    calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to close all Illinois gateways and
    locks leading into Lake Michigan as an emergency precaution.