Gallery: Southeast receives tiny fraction of funding for threatened and endangered species despite biodiversity +7 more photos Seventy-six species of fish live in the Conasauga River. That's more than the Colorado River and Columbia River watersheds — which make up much of the Western United States — combined, despite being less than 1 percent the size. It's one of the most biodiverse rivers in the temperate world and flows through East Tennessee. The river is less than 100 miles long, but there are dozens of salamanders, mussels, snails, crayfish and other invertebrate species beneath the surface. It's also home to three federally threatened or endangered fish, six threatened or endangered mussels and 16 state-listed species. The river, which runs through Southeast Tennessee and Northwest Georgia, is one of several in the Southeast with biodiversity rivaled only in the tropics. Despite its aquatic biodiversity, the Southeast receives a small fraction of the federal … [Read more...] about Southeast receives tiny fraction of funding for threatened and endangered species despite biodiversity
By Tony Bravo Updated 12:37 pm PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 The closed Mission Thrift store on Mission Street in S.F. The closed Mission Thrift store on Mission Street in S.F. Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle Buy photo Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 The closed Mission Thrift store on Mission Street in S.F. The closed Mission Thrift store on Mission Street in S.F. Photo: Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle Buy photo Mission District’s thrift mecca takes another hit. Is it the latest endangered species in SF? 1 / 12 Back to Gallery In a neighborhood where the closure of longtime businesses has become not only regular, but expected, the … [Read more...] about Mission District’s thrift mecca takes another hit. Is it the latest endangered species in SF?
Protecting Earth's inhabitantsWhen they're gone, they're gone for good. In this time of misinformation and distraction by this administration, we must not lose sight of the fact the Endangered Species Act is not a given. It is being dismantled right before our eyes in the name of big corporate interests. What we all need to remember is that the act itself has all the tools necessary to build cooperative agreements to protect both animals and corporations. There are thousands of success stories that may not touch you personally but certainly reflect this country's compassion for our fellow inhabitants of this planet. For those who say it really doesn't matter, you only need to read the introduction of the act, which states why we need to save these creatures and plants. They "are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people." Isn't that enough?Lee Moore, DallasThe other halfWith the final votes counted … [Read more...] about Endangered species, House Dist. 66, local governments, Amazon, regarding history, Social Security
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that would remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act list and open them to state hunting and trapping seasons. In the latest act of the ongoing wolf saga, the lame-duck House voted 196-180, along heavily partisan lines, to approve H.R. 6784 that would take wolves off the endangered list nationwide and block courts from considering violations of federal law for wolves under the Endangered Species Act. While the bill is seen as good news for farmers, ranchers and some sportsmen groups that want to see wolf numbers reduced in several states, similar bills have passed the House in recent years but stalled in the Senate, leaving wolves under court-ordered federal protections. This may have been the last chance for a wolf bill to advance as the incoming House in January, with a newly elected Democratic majority, isn’t likely to be as favorable. It’s also unlikely the Senate will take up the bill by year’s … [Read more...] about U.S. House votes to remove gray wolves from Endangered Species List
Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 12:02 PM EST Nov 16, 2018 Washington — The U.S. House on Friday voted 196-180 to pass a bill that would remove endangered species protections for the gray wolf in the lower 48 states. The Manage Our Wolves Act would also reissue a 2011 rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that delisted the gray wolf in the western Great Lakes, including Michigan. Opponents, including Michigan U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, said the threat to gray wolves remains, and they should be continued to be protected. "Despite claims made by my colleagues across the aisle, gray wolves play a critical role in keeping ecosystems healthy and balanced, including across Michigan and the Great Lakes region," she said on the House floor. Dingell, D-Dearborn, noted that officials just this week announced a gray wolf relocated this fall from the Minnesota mainland to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan has died. That relocation was part of a project … [Read more...] about House approves bill removing gray wolf from endangered species list