• Wetlands - especially those critical to waterfowl - got good news this week when a bi-partisan group of senators introduced a bill to reauthorize the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. S. 2282 would continue the now 30-year effort to conserve the long-term effort to protect the nation's dwindling wetlands base.
Ducks Unlimited explains that the senate action mirrors a House bill introduced last month here.
• Trout Unlimited is happy about a new coalition of conservation and agriculture groups that joined to push for passage of the Farm Bill and its many conservation programs. The newly formed Western Agricultural and Conservation Coalition is arguing for the measures, saying "they are critical to the health of Western economies and landscapes."
Many of the guidelines reflect recommendations made by a Federal Advisory Committee composed of wildlife organizations, state and federal wildlife managers, wildlife scientists, and wind energy developers.
• Meanwhile, predictions that the oil BP poured onto the Louisiana coast would haunt the region for years continue to be borne out. Last week researchers reported finding plenty of oil just below the surface in critical marshlands--despite previous claims by BP and the U.S. Coast Guard that those same areas were oil-free.