Feds Release Plan To Restore Snake River Sockeye

By Jim McCoy Mon 8th June NewsconservationSnake River Sockeye

Federal authorities have released their final recovery plan for Snake River sockeye salmon, a species that teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1990s.

Authorities say the plan released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will create a self-sustaining population of sockeye over the next 50 to 100 years.

The run was listed as endRead More »

Western Governors Tout Sage Grouse Conservation Efforts

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd April Newsconservationsage grouse

A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act.

The 32-page "2014 Sage-Grouse Inventory" released Thursday by the Western Governors' Association identifies conservation work during the year and is accompaniRead More »

$750 Million Being Spent To Save Sage Grouse

By Jim McCoy Thu 12th February Newsconservationsage grouse
Spending on a government-sponsored initiative to help struggling sage grouse populations in the West is projected to exceed $750 million by 2018. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday the money will conserve an estimated 8 million acres of sage grouse habitat.Read More »

Report: Firefighting Costs Eroding Conservation

By Jim McCoy Wed 20th August Newsconservationfirefighting
The Obama administration is detailing the toll that the escalating cost of fighting forest fires has had on other projects as it pushes Congress to overhaul how it pays for the most severe blazes. In a new report issued Wednesday, the Agriculture Department said that staffing for fighting fires has more than doubled since 1998. Meanwhile, the number of workers who manage NationalRead More »

Senators Urge Environmental Protection for Two Southern Oregon Creeks

Two southern Oregon creeks are being placed on the "Most Endangered Creeks" list, according to a press release from Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden. The group "American Rivers" says the creeks are being harmed by mining. Wyden and fellow Oregon Sen.Read More »


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