Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Timber Wolves, Polar Bears and Canada Lynx

NRDC, the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are threatening to take the Bush administration back to court for delaying a final decision on whether to grant federal protection to polar bears. The delay comes just before a planned oil and gas lease sale scheduled for February 6. The sale would hand over critical polar bear habitat in the Chukchi Sea, off the coast of northwest Alaska, for destructive oil and gas drilling. If the polar bear is granted federal protection, however, all proposals to lease or drill its habitat will be open to increased scrutiny. The only action available is to donate to NRDC.

The Bush administration is intensifying its push to open the wildest parts of America's national forests to destructive logging, roadbuilding and development. The U.S. Forest Service has proposed to weaken existing protections for 4.4 million acres of Colorado's wild forests. These wildlands provide crucial habitat for the Canada lynx, serve as the watersheds for Colorado's drinking water, and provide outstanding recreation spots. You can take action here.

I cannot even talk about the wolves any longer. If you care about wholesale slaughter of wolves, you may read about it here.

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