November 29, 2011
Conservation Roundup: More Wilderness, but Less Habitat
By Bob Marshall
Nevada Wilderness Bill Gets Support from All
So, we can just all get along!
Far from the Sunday talk shows and the name-calling of the presidential campaign, a rural Nevada community has proven all interests--ranchers, sportsmen, farmers, miners--can find a way to protect fish, wildlife and wilderness. That was obvious when the entire Nevada delegation, both Republicans and Democrats, jointly introduced the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act, which would create a federally-protected wilderness from a 26,000-acre scenic range that boasts outstanding trout fishing.
Ranchers, hikers, anglers, miners and ATV enthusiasts worked together for two years to reach the agreement, which also releases some development restrictions on nearby lands.
For good reasons, politicians and advocacy groups from all sides are praising this work as a model for what can be done.
In Good Times, Waterfowlers Should Prepare for Bad Times
When ducks are filling their ponds with one of the largest fall flights in recent times, it's hard for waterfowlers to even imagine bad times could be ahead. But historic weather cycles, and the current mood of Congress, demand that kind of forward thinking, according to one of the nation's foremost waterfowl researchers.
Dr. Frank Rohwer, the LSU professor and researcher who is also research director for Delta Waterfowl, cautioned happy duck hunters that when drought eventually returns to the prairies, the cuts Congress is planning for the Conservation Reserve Program could have devastating consequences.
More Extreme Weather on the Way
Memo to hunters and anglers: If you think the droughts and floods that have been pummeling fish and wildlife the last few years are bad, you ain't seen nothing yet. That was the news from the recent report on the relationship between global warming and extreme weather events in the recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), science's acknowledged authority on the planet's climate. And it's the reason wildlife biologists and sportsmen conservation groups take the issue seriously and are urging action on greenhouse gases.
If you only get your news from TV, you might have missed the report, but it was certainly taken seriously in the wildlife and business worlds.