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On December 15, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and our own Blanche Lincoln (D?-AR) introduced S. 2110, titled, with the perversity we have come to expect, the Collaboration and Recovery of Endangered Species Act. It is a companion to Richard Pombo's successful House version. If you noticed the names mentioned so far, you probably already have some idea what to expect, and what it will mean for critters like my little friend to the left. S/he's a Pygmy Rabbit, by the way.

There's more on the flip side, perhaps too much, but first a couple shouts. Recent diaries and comments by two of our "Action" diarists, Elise and OrangeClouds115 have really helped keep me positive, energized, and amused. A big shout also to Land of Enchantment, particularly for the Pombo diaries.

Onward:

What exactly would S. 2110 do? From the Center for Biological Diversity, an overview of this latest piece of Crapo's:
Overview of S.2110, the "Collaboration and Recovery of Endangered Species Act"
Introduced by Senator Crapo (R-ID) Thursday, December 15, 2005

Makes Habitat Protection Completely Discretionary (pages 18-19)
The Crapo bill would eliminate mandatory timelines to designate critical habitat for endangered species, instead giving the Secretary of Interior complete discretion to prioritize designations based in part on "minimizing conflicts" with "construction, development...or other economic activities." Even then the Secretary would not be required to implement the schedule, and citizen groups would be banned from seeking court orders to implement any critical habitat schedules or deadlines. All existing court orders to designate critical habitat would be overruled by the bill.

Makes Species Listing Completely Discretionary (pages 18-19)
As with habitat protections, the Crapo bill would eliminate mandatory timelines to place species on the endangered list, instead giving the Secretary of Interior complete discretion to prioritize listings. Even then the Secretary is not required to implement her schedule and citizen groups are banned from seeking court orders to implement any listing schedules or deadlines. All existing court orders to list species would be overruled by the bill.

Killing One Species in Exchange for Another (pages 36-41)
The Crapo bill would create a system allowing developers to buy and sell credits for destroying endangered species habitat. This senseless system would allow developers to destroy the habitat for one species (e.g. Coho salmon) because they have purchased credits to protect another (e.g. Mount Hermon june beetle). It would result in the destruction of tens of thousands of acres of essential habitat areas.

Undermines Recovery Plans (pages 21-28)
The Crapo bill would create a new convoluted recovery planning process that allows industry to rewrite and overrule the decisions of wildlife experts. A newly created "executive committee" made up of industry interests would make final edits and revisions to the recovery plan developed by scientists and agency biologists. Furthermore, the Crapo bill explicitly makes recovery plans "non-binding and advisory."

Creates Roadblocks to Listing Endangered Species (pages 16-18)
The Crapo bill would create an ambiguous priority system for listing endangered species that includes industry interests. Current law requires endangered species listings to be based solely on the biological needs of the species.

Eliminates Federal Oversight of Endangered Species (page 15)
The Crapo bill would require Fish and Wildlife Service to provide a "provisional permit" for any project on private property (except for "ground clearing") if there is no recovery plan in place. The permit would remain in effect until a habitat conservation plan (HCP) is approved. This would allow activities like mining and logging in endangered species habitat to proceed indefinitely with no federal oversight.

Restricts Wildlife Agencies from Improving Conservation Agreements (pages 50-53)
The Crapo bill would take "No Surprises"--a highly controversial administrative regulation--and make it law. The Fish and Wildlife Service would be unable to update or revoke a permit (HCP) that authorizes harm to an endangered species, even if new information indicates that the original plan was inadequate and even if it is causing the extinction of the species.

Pays Off Developers to Not Violate the Law (page 56)
The Crapo bill would create tax breaks to compensate private landowners for conservation work done on private property. However, the Crapo bill fails to limit these tax breaks to landowners who engage in active conservation--the creation or enhancement of endangered species habitat. Therefore, land developers who are required to set aside some portion of their land from development would also be eligible for these tax breaks. That is, instead of paying private landowners to create new habitat, the Crapo bill would primarily be paying developers to comply with the law, creating no new habitat.


From the National Audobon Society's press release:

AUDUBON DENOUNCES NEW SENATE BILL UNDERMINING ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT

Bill Eliminates Critical Protections for Most Vulnerable Wildlife

Only 9 out of the 1,800 species listed as threatened or endangered have gone extinct. The bill introduced today puts many more species at risk of being lost forever, abandoned to commercial development and special interests.

"Passage of this bill would put another nail in the coffin of our most imperiled wildlife," said John Flicker, President of the National Audubon Society.


From the Endangered Species Coalition, the 'guardian' of the ESA:
Although the bill purports to provide greater incentives for private landowner conservation, the legislative language does not carry out the bill's stated goals.  Instead, the bill would seriously weaken the Endangered Species Act's safety net provisions protecting endangered species and habitats.

Let's forego the drama of another late night nail biter, and stamp this thing out now. E-mail your Senators from the CBD's S. 2110 Action Alert page. Or send a letter, fax, or phone them. Those numbers and addresses are two clicks away.

    Nelson's Checkermallow, Sidalcea nelsonia, threatened in Washington

If you would like to know what threatened or endangered species live in your state, go to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's pages. Here, for example, are the federally listed species for Washington State. I have thrown in a few links to species of particular interest to me.

Animals -- 30
Status     Listing
E     Albatross, short-tailed (Phoebastria (=Diomedea) albatrus)
T     Bear, grizzly lower 48 States, except where listed as an experimental        population or the Yellowstone population (Ursus arctos horribilis)
T     Butterfly, Oregon silverspot (Speyeria zerene hippolyta)
E     Caribou, woodland ID, WA, B.C. (Rangifer tarandus caribou)
E     Curlew, Eskimo (Numenius borealis)
E     Deer, Columbian white-tailed Columbia River DPS (Odocoileus virginianus leucurus)
T     Eagle, bald lower 48 States (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)
T     Lynx, Canada lower 48 States DPS (Lynx canadensis)
T     Murrelet, marbled CA, OR, WA (Brachyramphus marmoratus marmoratus)
T     Otter, southern sea except where XN (Enhydra lutris nereis)
T     Owl, northern spotted (Strix occidentalis caurina)
E     Pelican, brown except U.S. Atlantic coast, FL, AL (Pelecanus occidentalis)
T     Plover, western snowy Pacific coastal pop. (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus)
E     Rabbit, pygmy Columbia Basin DPS (Brachylagus idahoensis)
T     Salmon, chinook Puget Sound (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) tshawytscha)
T     Salmon, chinook fall Snake R. (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) tshawytscha)
T     Salmon, chinook lower Columbia R. (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) tshawytscha)
E     Salmon, chinook spring upper Columbia R. (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) tshawytscha)
T     Salmon, chinook spring/summer Snake R. (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) tshawytscha)
T     Salmon, chum Columbia R. (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) keta)
T     Salmon, chum summer-run Hood Canal (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) keta)
T     Salmon, coho Lower Columbia River (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) kisutch)
T     Salmon, sockeye U.S.A. (Ozette Lake, WA) (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) nerka)
T     Sea-lion, Steller eastern pop. (Eumetopias jubatus)
E     Sea-lion, Steller western pop. (Eumetopias jubatus)
T     Steelhead Snake R. Basin (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) mykiss)
T     Steelhead lower Columbia R. (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) mykiss)
T     Steelhead middle Columbia R. (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) mykiss)
E     Steelhead upper Columbia R. Basin (Oncorhynchus (=Salmo) mykiss)
E     Wolf, gray lower 48 States, except MN and where XN; Mexico (Canis lupus)

Plants -- 9
Status     Listing
T     Catchfly, Spalding's (Silene spaldingii)
T     Checker-mallow, Nelson's (Sidalcea nelsoniana)
E     Checkermallow, Wenatchee Mountains (Sidalcea oregana var. calva)
E     Desert-parsley, Bradshaw's (Lomatium bradshawii)
T     Howellia, water (Howellia aquatilis)
T     Ladies'-tresses, Ute (Spiranthes diluvialis)
T     Lupine, Kincaid's (Lupinus sulphureus (=oreganus) ssp. kincaidii (=var. kincaidii))
T     Paintbrush, golden (Castilleja levisecta)
E     Stickseed, showy (Hackelia venusta)



The site also features this interesting map:

 

(click map to interact with your US Fish and Wildlife Service)

We notice at a glance that Hawaii is far and away the "winner" in the category of Most Species Endangered and Threatened. But following the links from this map will lead you to a lot more interesting discoveries. I found a 2-foot long earthworm, not seen since 1978, and then only 40 miles from my childhood home.


And not much further away, still in my back yard really, is the Pygmy Rabbit. Washington's is a relict population, separated from its Great Basin counterparts for thousands of years and genetically distinct. It occupies a very specific niche, requiring Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) for cover and food and deep, soft, loamy soil for digging its burrows.

And there aren't many left. When it was discovered that the only known group had crashed to 30 individuals, an emergency captive breeding program began, involving Washington State University, the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Idaho Fish and Game, and the Bureau of Land Management. Here's a WSU account of the program. Wouldn't you know it Department: they don't breed like rabbits.

At the same site is one of the most impassioned pleas I have ever read from a scientist, Why Save Pymgy Rabbits? I urge you to read it, and would quote extensively here were I not truly afraid of WSU's benighted, retarditaire, and hostile copyright policy.

    Captive-bred bunnies

video of the little cutie pies in the captive breeding program at WSU

It is entirely possible that there are small groups of these rabbits going undetected; they are not that easy to find in dense brush (insert obligatory Bush joke here). If any do turn up, we need the ESA if we are to have a chance of saving them.

This diary is getting too long. We will leave for another day the tale of the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly (below), the Showy Stickseed, and the others, and close with words spoken by Richard Milhous Nixon as he enthusiastically signed the ESA on December 28, 1973:

"Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed."

Originally posted to melvin on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 04:04 AM PST.

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  •  This is wonderful (4.00)
    Highly recommended!

    It's a very thorough diary (and you use the photos quite well).


    No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there's nothing to be afraid of.

    by Page van der Linden on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 04:14:24 AM PST

  •  I was planning on doing an ESA diary soon (none)
    and I still will, but this is a wonderful way to introduce the Daily Kos to the next BIG fight for the environment -- defeat of Sen. Crapo's (what a perfect name) and Rep. Pombo's ESA bills.

    Does Pombo's dream come true -- will he get to demolish one of the most important environmental bills in this country?

    The bald eagle would be extinct if these bills existed 30 years ago.

    Only you can stop him! Stop Pombo!!!

  •  Arctic series in the Seattle Times (4.00)
    You gotta read the whole thing.

    Sweeping change reshapes Arctic

    Arctic foxes had been eating the eggs of rare ducks because their usual supper, tiny, mouselike lemmings, were dwindling from the drying tundra.

    So the government flew this former South Dakota hunting guide 330 miles north of the Arctic Circle and paid him to spend his summer shooting foxes.

    Ecological change is so scrambling Alaska's Arctic that the government has hired gunslingers to recapture some balance.
    ~~~~~~~
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    Birds are disappearing. Pollution is arriving.

    And nothing is having as much impact as climate change.
    ~~~~~~~
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    Minute changes to plants and animals are unraveling intricate biological webs.

    And no one really knows how much stranger it's going to get.
    ~~~~~~~
    ~~~~~~~
    Last year at least four bears, likely more, appear to have drowned while swimming between melting sheets of ice -- an entirely new phenomenon.

    The University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Center shows that the amount of ice on the Arctic Ocean during September is declining 8 percent each year. And many computer models suggest there won't be summer ice at all by century's end -- if not sooner.

    Those trends led scientists this year to predict that the polar-bear population worldwide, now at about 25,000 -- about 3,800 in Alaska -- will drop by a third in 35 to 50 years.

    To survive, polar bears may have to learn to live on solid tundra, which means competing with grizzly bears and people and exposing themselves to new sources of disease.

    On and on and on. A real must read.


    •  Oh Jesus (4.00)
      So very depressing, but that's reality.

      I hate humans sometimes.  I really do.


      No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there's nothing to be afraid of.

      by Page van der Linden on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 04:40:22 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  "You can't..." (4.00)
        "You can't just let nature run wild." -- Wally Hickel, former governor of Alaska
      •  We are a primitive and paranoid people. (none)
        That's from Capt. Kirk in Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home. We're new at being self-conscious, cultural animals. It's only been around a hundred thousand years. We still kill each other and threaten to kill each other all over the planet. We still destroy nature for short term gain on a wide scale without regard for future generations. There are other species that have been culturally advanced for millions of years. We have a lot to learn, if we survive ourselves.
  •  CBD, NRDC, Greenpeace sue on behalf (4.00)
    of polar bears:

    On February 16, 2005, the same day that the Kyoto Protocol entered into force without the participation of the United States, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a scientific Petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. Polar bears are threatened with extinction because global warming is causing rapid environmental change in the Arctic, including the melting of the polar bear's sea ice habitat.

    And on December 15, 2005, the Center and our partners NRDC and Greenpeace sued the Bush Administration for ignoring the Petition.  If successful, the lawsuit will force the Bush Administration to respond to the Petition by completing the first step in the listing process for polar bears.  The Endangered Species Act listing process should force the Bush Administration to admit that global warming is real, and that we must act quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or polar bears will become extinct.

  •  Man (none)
    You do these diaries so well. Congradulations on this one, again.

    I need you in our Wildlife Trust.

    New International Times, the place where Kossacks and the world meet.

    by Welshman on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 04:52:04 AM PST

  •  Recommended (none)
    This is an important diary.  Thanks so much for the action links.

    "Crapo"?  I mean, I know one shouldn't make fun of people's names, but couldn't the voters see the warning?  

    IMPEACH

    -5.75; -7.44

    by JPete on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 05:27:05 AM PST

  •  You can find your (4.00)
    senator here. Please write to them, and be sure to reference the bill number: S. 2110.
  •  so recommended! (none)
    how nice to not have to get attention on issue on the Senate's over for the day!
  •  oooh! you're localish! (none)
    <hijack>
    if you know anybody with ties to eugene, East Fork Amazon Headwaters Forest needs help, too!
    </hijack>
  •  I couldn't help but notice (4.00)
    the lack of mention that the Southern Resident orca population of Puget Sound WA was not mentioned. They were listed as endangered under the ESA November 15, and were also listed by Canada as endangered and by Washington State.

    This is an excellent diary. Thanks for sending it.

    •  A lot of the government sites take a while to get (none)
      caught up. Typically, there will be a little note somewhere about recent actions but the main tables, etc. only get updated every so often. With roughly 1275 species listed, things are bound to get a little ragged around the edges.

      I have not looked into the Orca situation recently; I'm on the east side of the mountains and would expect someone in Seattle to have a better line on it than I do. Maybe you should diary it?

  •  Thanks melvin. (none)
    I was thinking to diary this, but all I had so far was the title. You did a much better job of it!
    So I hope you don't mind if I used my title to link to this diary in my sig.
    Kudos, recommended.
  •  From one Washingtonian to another (none)
    Recommending, and thank you.

    I have been trying to get the local wildlife folks to change the streams map for over five years now. They list the main tributary of Beaver Creek as starting on my eastward neighbor's hand, when the headwaters are really just on the western side of my driveway in a bog.

    I can prove it, if they'd only come out here and look. Beaver Creek is listed as spawning grounds for an endangered or threatened salmon population, and it has one tributary, and I either own the headwaters or it's right next to my land. Believe me, we take very great care in what we do with the land, because we know that everything we do has the potential to impact salmonids.

    "George Bush remains about as popular as a germ at a medical conference." - The Economist, June 23, 2005

    by Kitsap River on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 06:54:55 AM PST

    •  That brings back memories of looking into (none)
      amending a Flood Insurance Rate Map. The easiest way to do it I think is an Act of Congress. My very first diary was partly about the salmon swimming through town and what it inspired.
      •  link up with the hook and bullet crowd? (4.00)
        Bush lost the endorsement of the Outdoor Writers Association in 2004--and for good reason. Actually several good reasons, including: (1) the 'roadless' plan would have decimated areas that have supported hunting (nothing like having a log truck barrel down the road past your deer blind!) since time immemorial. (2) The Plastic Fish Initiative in which farm salmon are supposedly just as good for America as the real thing (actually they're just better for Pacific Seafood Inc?) was a disaster for fishing related businesses. And there were other issues as well.

        Just a thought here from a person whose business is 100% tied to fishing/guiding/etc: There is an economic component here!  For every stream that gets polluted there are fishing outfitters, small motels, guides, and small town restaurants and bars that lose business.  For every logging road that whacks through hunting country those self same guide services, outfitters, lodges, small bars and restaurants, and little mom and pop motels get the Big Squeeze from the Bush Administration. This Administration isn't on the side of the Real Hook and Bullet people. I'd guess 90% of them understand that there's plenty of animals to hunt, and that shooting and mounting rare species isn't a good thing. Only the GOP dominated International Safari folk don't get it. The other reason, of course for defanging the ESA is so that mines and logging operations don't have to worry about the ecology of an area. And, that gets us back to the first issues raised--every polluted stream, every logged out forest, every hijacked meadow means that someone's family business is really the one Under The Gun.
        Some organizations representing the Hook and Bullet Folk helped lobby against the last Pombo outrage, and here's hoping that with a little encouragement they'll take a stand on this one.

  •  As an endangered species myself... (4.00)
    I have to object strongly to Blanche Linoln's (D?- AR) support for this bill.

    A cousin was recently rediscovered in a swamp in Arkansas, one of the fourth generation of ivory billed woodpeckers who have successfully eluded birdwatchers for the last sixty years, by being alert and scooting around to the other side of the tree trunk whenever people came by.  

    This bill would permit the feds to determine that cutting bald cyprus to sell for garden mulch in Houston is a higher priority than saving my species.  That would be a shame, because my kind are colloquially known as the "Lord God" bird because of the effect we have on a lucky few who see us.  

    Respecfully,

    Ivorybill

  •  Excellent Diary Melvin!! (none)
    And thanks for linking to all those other good ones too:)

    (that's me...not being humble at all)

    I sent off the email through the Center for Biological Diversity, and I'm in the midst of writing my own letters as well.

    Thanks for a great diary...with wonderful pics and links...

    I just LOVE those pygmy rabbits!!!

    (I totally want one now....but I doubt very much it will get along with my three cats...and the fennec fox that I also want which will also not get along with my cats...hehe)

  •  gorgeous melvin (none)
    Love the pictures!

    I am planning to do another diary... more action oriented in the way of clicking, faxing, and calling rather than, um, gardening.

    One friend recommended a specific representative to call - so I did, this morning. The girl answering the phone blew me off I felt like. Rather, she said I called the right people and she would tell the congressman. Riiight. I'm not sure I necessarily buy that. More likely it goes into a large database of other calls/emails/faxes he received and doesn't really get looked at. Somehow the idea of volunteering at the local arboretum feels a lot more effective.

    I re-did my website! See how pretty DailyGranola.com is now.

    by OrangeClouds115 on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 08:51:33 AM PST

  •  Rare and endangered CA plants (none)
    HERE

    If that doesn't work go to CalFlora:

    http://www.calflora.org/...

    Great site to see distribution of native & non-native plants in CA.

  •  Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan (none)
    This program to protect this delicate desert is now in jeopardy. I found this link from a post that discuses a candidate I support who is one of our new warriors in stopping this insanity. This post was before the incumbent announced his retirement. Jeff Latas is someone we conservationists must back. His approach to a lot of our problems reminds me what Teddy Roosevelt must have been like. I really believe this guy is our new Teddy, but this one is a Democrat.

    Here is a post by Desert Rose; Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan

    Jeff Latas for Congress

  •  Arroyo Toad (none)
    I see the little Arroyo Toad is listed for California.  I used to live in a house over the Arroyo Seco in Pasadena when I was a kid.  Down in the arroyo there is a flycasting pond where I used to go down and catch tadpoles and then watch them grow into little toads.  I think it's still there.  I once kept a big one that I found in a bush by the pond as a pet.  At one point I forgot to water it and it dried out completely.  I thought it was dead but as I was taking it outside the leg moved, so I put it back in water and it inflated like a balloon and was soon happily hopping after crickets again.  After that I decided to take him back to his home, so I brought him back down into the arroyo and put him back in the bush that I found him in.  I remember the little guy fondly even though he really liked to pee on my hand.

    This was all before they were listed and I had no idea that they were threatened.  Since then a lot of the arroyo has become a designated habitat and several restoration projects have been implemented.  The little toads and tadpoles are still swimming and scampering around down there.

    What a terrible tragedy.  The congress of today is slashing and burning everything we have.  I feel bad for the legacy that we will leave to my children, let alone my grandchildren.

    Life is like love in autumn

    by kenjib on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 09:45:41 AM PST

  •  One of the Republican Talking Points on ESA (4.00)
    states that ESA is ineffective because so few species on the list have recovered.

    The Center for Biological Diversity has issued a press release debunking the Republican talking points.  Their analyses credits ESA with improving the status of species that are afforded adequate attention.


    1) Scientists Say Recovery Will Take 30-50 Years on Average; Often Over 100 Years

        Over 3,000 scientists have reviewed that status of nearly every endangered species and concluded that recovery could not possibly be achieved within the 15.5 years they have averaged on the endangered list.
        1,082 species have official federal recovery plan created by university, industry, and federal scientists. The plans establish recovery goals, implementation steps and estimated time to recovery. A systematic review of all those plans shows that the average length of time projected for recovery is 30-50 years. Many species will require over 100 years..

    2) U.S. Fish and Wildlife Report Show Most Species Are Stable or Improving When Protected for at Least Six Years

        Claiming to summarize a 2004 report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Pombo report states that 60% of endangered species are uncertain or declining, 30% are stable, and only 6% are improving. This is voodoo statistics. It is statistical nonsense to lump known trends in with unknown trends. It is also nonsensical to lump together species which only been on the endangered list for six months and species which has been on the list for 15 years. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife report actually shows that 68% of species with a known trend which have been listed for at least six years are stable or improving. Just 32% are declining.
        Of those species with a known trend, 68% are stable or improving and just 32% are declining.

    3) Peer-Reviewed Scientific Studies Show that the Endangered Species Act Works

        In April 2005, BioScience, a peer-review scientific journal published a study entitled "The Effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act: A Quantitative Analysis". The study examined 1,095 species whose status was assessed multiple times by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service between 1989 and 2002. It found that:
        Endangered Species Improve Over Time. The longer species were protected under the endangered species, the more likely they were to be improving and the less likely they were to be declining.
        Critical Habitat Helps Recovery Species with critical habitat for at least two years were twice as likely to be improving as species without critical habitat.
        Recovery Plans Help RecoverySpecies with dedicated recovery plan were more likely to be improving and less likely to be declining than species without recovery plans. Only 81% of species currently have recovery plans.

    These three main points of the CBD's report make excellent talking points to debunk the manipulative interpretation of the facts by Republican's.

    Thanks for a great diary!

    •  Want more ESA background? (none)
      For those of you who are just picking up this issue.  I posted a related diary before Xmas.

      Stealth Senate Attempt to Overturn Endangered Species Act.

      And the diary has links to other ESA diaries from last summer when Pombo was pushing his version through the House.

      I am afraid this issue will sneak under the radar with all the other important issues (NSA, Repub-corruption, etc.) that have our attention.

      Plutonium Page has been a great advocate for this issue and I'm wondering if our new science front-pager, Darksyde, would step up to the plate and push this issue at DKos.  His diaries have done a great job looking at evolution and the history of life.  But I have not seen much (actually anything) from him concerning protecting  our natural heritage.  I'd love to hear from him regarding ESA and biodiversity protection.

  •  Melvin (none)
    Thanks for your insightful diary... sigh... i wish i had more internet access around work.

    Most importantly - the preservation of species diversity as much as possible is of high concern to everyone these days. I wonder how other countries handle these issues?

    /there are no rules except discovery /the only tradition is invention. -rachel pollack

    by joseph rainmound on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 10:28:15 AM PST

  •  Strategy for your Senators (none)
    I just spoke to Sen. Salazars office. My comments and logic are this....I said that there has been concern that the endangered species act is not perfect, but to tamper with it in this political climate is a mistake. This will just end up gutting protections for critical species and be an ecological disaster. Rather, to satisfy farmers and ranchers, some incentives should be put in the farm bill where it has a chance of passing , helping keep ranchers on their land and  not causing irreprable harm.
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    and here is another cute endangered bunny, the Riparian Brush Rabbit.  
    I wrote a diary about them a couple weeks ago. my GF works to keep those little buggers alive and create new populations.

    great diary.

    Ann Coulter, the right-wing bully who seems too loud even when you mute the television. -NYT Magazine

    by juls on Tue Jan 03, 2006 at 02:08:06 PM PST

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