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  • June 29, 2009

    July is Elk Month

    Throughout the month of July, shoppers at Bass Pro Shops retail stores, catalogs, and websites can learn about the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and make a $2 donation for a chance to win some pretty amazing prizes.

    Bass Pro Shops will forward 100 percent of proceeds to the Elk Foundation in support of its mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat. In addition, Bass Pro Shops will match 50 cents for every $1 raised through this promotion.

    Four prizes will be awarded, including:

  • June 26, 2009

    Energy Leases Deferred

    The Utah Bureau of Land Management recently announced that valuable public-lands fish and wildlife habitat would receive additional review before being leased for oil and gas development.

  • June 24, 2009

    Study Indicates States Should Manage Wolves

    Research funded in part by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is yielding data on why gray wolves in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming should be managed by state wildlife agencies.

    Wolves have been on and off endangered species lists in recent months. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has repeatedly announced at least partial delisting and state-based management via regulated wolf hunting. But, each time, anti-hunting groups have blocked the effort with lawsuits.

  • June 19, 2009

    A New and Improved Clean Water Restoration Act

    In a vote to protect clean water and essential habitat for fish and wildlife, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday passed an amended version of the Clean Water Restoration Act. The bill as approved reaffirms the original intent of the Clean Water Act to broadly protect water quality and the streams, lakes and wetlands of our country. The vote creates momentum for legislation to be introduced and quickly considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • June 18, 2009

    Maine Salmon Put on the Endangered List

    Earlier this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extended Endangered Species Act protection to more Atlantic salmon by adding fish in the Penobscot, Kennebec, and Androscoggin rivers and their tributaries to the endangered Gulf of Maine population.

    The decision is part of an effort to recover the imperiled fish, which once returned by the hundreds of thousands to most major rivers along the Northeastern U.S. and now returns in small numbers only to rivers in Maine.

  • June 12, 2009

    Big Increases for Conservation Approved

    Conservation programs across the country got a huge boost yesterday when the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved a 2010 spending blueprint that would restore funding for farmland conservation programs. The subcommittee rejected most of the hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts that the Obama administration had sought. A group of 50 different farm, forestry, conservation and environmental organizations sent letters to House and Senate appropriators last week, asking them to keep the farm bill spending levels. Next stop for the bill? The Senate.

  • June 11, 2009

    Turkey Federation Helps Conservation Causes

    The National Wild Turkey Federation distributed more than $314,000 last month to a variety of conservation and hunting-oriented causes. More than $50,000 went to habitat enhancement projects, another $50,000 went to youth education, more than $40,000 went to programs aimed at getting more youths involved in the outdoors—and there was much, much more. The money was raised from NWTF Hunting Heritage Banquets.

  • June 9, 2009

    Beavers, Other Wildlife On The Comeback Trail

    Interesting story in the New York Times Science section today (June 9), on the comeback of beavers across the Northeast. There were tens and maybe hundreds of millions of beavers in North America when the European settlers arrived. Thanks to the Europeans’ love for beaver hats, beavers were almost wiped out by 1900. Some estimate their numbers plummeted to 100,000, with most of those in Canada.

  • June 5, 2009

    Buy Biodegradable, Save A Gamefish

    In the March 2008 edition of Field & Stream, John Merwin’s Fishing Department, titled “The Worms Have Turned,” touched on a topic of great concern to the fishing world; namely, that many freshwater gamefish ingest soft plastic lures and are then unable to pass or regurgitate them out of their system. The result? Untold numbers of dead or sickly gamefish.

  • June 3, 2009

    Help on the Way for Chesapeake Bay

    Twelve environmental projects in Virginia and the District of Columbia have received a total of $6.1 million in grants from the Chesapeake Bay Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to reduce pollution to the local streams, creeks, and rivers that flow to the Chesapeake Bay.
    The grants for these projects were awarded through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, which provides funding for innovative and cost-effective projects that dramatically reduce or eliminate the flow of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment pollution into local waterways and the Chesapeake Bay.