30-day Comment Period ends December 27, 2014 – YOU CAN HELP!
Advocates fear the extinction of the Mexican gray wolf, due to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposed changes to the federal rule governing the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction. More…find out what Broads are doing and how you can help…
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has confirmed, through DNA tests on scat, that there is a female northern Rockies gray wolf on the Kaibab National Forest, near the north rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
This brave female is the first wolf in this area for more than 70 years! This historic and cause for celebration!
We think this amazing pioneer inhabiting an area where wolves once thrived deserves a special name. That’s why groups from all over the west are working together on this contest!
You must be under age 18 to enter. If you would like to help name this unique animal and be part of his or her story, please fill out the form here with your parent or legal guardian*: http://goo.gl/forms/WqfkUrdtTl
The deadline to enter is December 4, 2014
The winning name will be announced by Monday, December 8, 2014.
The Kaibab Plateau has forested lands with elevations up to 9,000 feet, surrounded by the sage, grasslands and canyons of lower elevations. It is bordered on the south by the Grand Canyon, on the east and west by tributary canyons of the Colorado River, and on the north by plains that are dissected by the tiers of uplifted cliffs of the Grand Staircase.
Wolves were once native to this part of the Grand Canyon region, but were wiped out by a federal extermination program in the early 1900’s. Scientists say this area is great habitat for wolves.
Mexican gray wolves, a subspecies of gray wolves, live in Arizona and New Mexico but the government won’t allow them to live north of Interstate 40. Gray wolves from the northern Rocky Mountains are mostly in states north of Utah and Colorado and are bigger than Mexican gray wolves, or lobos.
Gray wolves are legendary for traveling long distances, and this wolf would have have traveled hundreds of miles from her home in Wyoming or another Rocky Mountain state through Utah and into Arizona.
Gray wolves are currently federally protected under the Endangered Species Act in Arizona. If this is a wolf, the government should do all in its power to protect her or him.
Wolves are intelligent, feeling animals who often live in families (packs) with their mates, siblings, and pups. Sometimes, like this animal, they travel long distances from their original family to find a mate and start a family of their own.
Thank you for helping!
*The information entered in the form will not be used for any commercial purpose or shared with anyone not involved in the contest except for publicity about the contest.
Photos courtesy of National Park Service staff and AZ Game and Fish Department
The Proposed to Change Mexican Wolf Management Policies Doom Wolves
|Earth Justice: To Court for a Recovery Plan l Extinction Is Forever l|
|Speak out against draft plan to allow more killing of critically endangered wolves! Deadline Sept. 23The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has released a draft proposal to change the rules governing the Mexican wolf reintroduction.
The draft proposal, if implemented, will seriously jeopardize the continued existence of critically endangered Mexican gray wolves, who currently number less than 90 in the wild. The proposal ignores the best available science and recommendations by top wolf scientists.
The only completely good thing it does is to finally allow new wolves from the captive breeding population to be released into a larger area, a change desperately needed for genetic rescue of the wild population.
USFWS has released this draft proposal with a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for public comment.
Here are some of the ways you can help:
1. I support expanding the area in which direct releases of Mexican wolves can occur, the one critical change included in the proposed rule.
2. The USFWS should eliminate boundaries to the wolves’ movement. The draft proposed rule prevents wolves returning to northern New Mexico and southern Colorado or to the Grand Canyon region, including northern Arizona and southern Utah. (See Map)
3. The USFWS should designate Mexican gray wolves as essential.
4. The USFWS needs to quit stalling and complete a comprehensive recovery plan.
5. The proposed expanded provisions for “take” (killing, trapping, and removals) of these critically endangered wolves are unacceptable and will not contribute to the wolves’ recovery.
Submit your comments electronically here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056-6056
Or by U.S. mail or hand delivery to:
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We are going all out to ensure that thousands of comments are submitted calling on USFWS to enact only the changes that will promote lobo recovery. This involves numerous expenses, including costs of paid advertising, printed materials, hearing transportation, lodging and refreshments, and supplies. Any amount you can donate will help.
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USFWS’s decision on the proposed rule can help Mexican wolves finally thrive or can push them closer to extinction.
Please act today.
Thank you for giving these special wolves a voice in their future.
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Don’t Let Off-Road
|Over 50 million acres of public lands are currently protected from destructive cross country motorized use and 50,000 miles of routes/roads are closed because of Forest Service travel plans.
Don’t let Motorized Mayhem Return to National Forests
Poorly located motorized routes cause severe impacts on the environment.This action closes July 25 so please speak out today.
See the letter (pdf) signed by over 60 groups opposing this bill.
Read more about Guardians work on travel management.
Introduction to Wildlife Tracking
We share our hiking trails with a lot of different wildlife that leave behind signs of their passing journeys. Is that a bobcat track or a coyote track? Are you following mountain lion tracks or was someone hiking with their family dog?
Indoor session: Saturday evening, June 21, 2014
- 4 pm arrival/set-up;
- 5pm Happy Hour;
- 6pm Dinner;
- 7pm Talk Tracking hike:
Sunday morning, June 22, 2014
- 8 am breakfast;
- 9 am– 1 pm hike/lunch
Nutrioso, Arizona at Billie Hughes and Russ Winn’s home.
Directions to follow.
NEED A PLACE TO STAY?
Camp-out space is available at Billie and Russ’s.
To RSVP/Questions: Contact Janice Przybyl: firstname.lastname@example.org, 575.322.2065 & Billie Hughes: email@example.com,928.339.4684
You will learn basic wildlife tracking skills, including:
- How and where to look for tracks
- What clues in a track help you identify species
- How to recognize the difference between canine and feline tracks
- An introduction on how to properly photograph wildlife tracks
- Natural history elements of each species so you can gain an appreciation of how wildlife move and live on the landscape.
Track identification cards focused on southwest critters will be available for purchase ($5 a set) as well as tracking rulers specifically designed for photo-documentation ($5).
~ A chair to sit on during morning presentation
~ A notebook and pencil/pen
~ A digital camera (if you have, not mandatory)
~ Your normal hiking gear including water and snacks
~ Be prepared for any type of weather
~ Overnight camping gear
~ Food and beverages for yourself for at least 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Last June, 19 firefighters lost their lives trying to control a blaze near Yarnell, Arizona—the highest death toll for firefighters battling a wildfire in this country since 1933. What went wrong? Is it time to reconsider our approach to fighting fire?
Due to extremely high fire risk, effective May 23, 2014 at 8:00 a.m., all unincorporated areas of Apache County will be placed under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Under Stage 2 restrictions, the following prohibitions and exemptions apply:
The following acts are prohibited until further notice:
1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
3. Outdoor Mechanical and Industrial Prohibitions
a. Operating any internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.
b. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
c. Using an explosive.
4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
1. Use of any and all fireworks.
2. Use of explosive targets.
3. Use of tracer round ammunition.
1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.
2. Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
3. Persons operating internal combustion engines with spark arrestors such as lawnmowers and landscaping equipment in maintained landscaped space.
4. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame in an enclosed or developed area designated for that purpose that is equipped with appropriate fire protection.
5. Persons using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.
6. Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
7. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
8. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
9. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
10. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.
11. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.
An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.