05 July 2013 Wolf Weekly Wrap-up Posted by: John Motsinger | Leave a comment | Share: Happy 4th of July, everyone! While you’re celebrating our nation’s independence this weekend, we hope you’ll take a moment to consider all the native plants and animals that make America so special. Each one plays a vital role in creating healthy landscapes, providing us with clean air, clean water and abundant natural resources. The United States has been a leader in wildlife conservation for decades, passing some of the world’s most progressive environmental laws. The Endangered Species Act has fully restored iconic species like the bald eagle and rescued hundreds more from the brink of extinction. But one of our nation’s greatest ESA success stories is now at risk. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is prepared to give up on gray wolves before the job is finished. Watch our new video and join our efforts to protect the future of America’s wolves: To find out how you can stand up for wolves, visit www.defenders.org/savewolves. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?