09 October 2013 Delayed Reaction Posted by: Jamie Rappaport Clark | 5 comments | Share: Jamie Rappaport Clark, President & CEO The shutdown has definitely caused a multitude of urgent problems that need to be addressed. From finding the doors at your favorite museum locked, to the loss of badly-needed services for children and seniors, the shutdown affects nearly everyone. Thousands of people are out of work, national parks, refuges and forests have shut their gates, harming local economies that depend on income from tourism and recreation, and our public lands and wildlife are no longer being monitored and managed at anywhere near the needed capacity. But the long-term consequences that energy and environment issues face are ones of further delays in badly needed progress. Putting off the development of important policies and strategies will have long-lasting impacts for a variety of natural resource concerns: Climate policy: The EPA just released its unprecedented proposal for controlling emissions from new coal-powered plants– and now that proposal is stuck in limbo. And natural resource agencies have halted critical work to help wildlife and habitat adapt to climate change. Endangered species: Needed conservation work for vulnerable candidate species awaiting protection, such as the lesser prairie chicken and Gunnison sage-grouse, is not getting done. Recovery actions for the more than 1400 threatened and endangered species such as Florida panthers, Canada lynx, ocelots and manatees have been put on hold. Each day of the shutdown pushes back their opportunity to get the protection and recovery support they need. Management improvements: the management needs of our natural resources grow and change each year. But a prolonged shutdown would backlog the information our land and wildlife managers need to collect to develop new, more effective strategies for flood, fire and invasive species control and more. For example, a comprehensive and unprecedented planning process to conserve the Greater sage-grouse throughout the American West is in limbo. The shutdown has further undermined the natural resource agencies already laboring under the burden of sequestration cuts, and could have even longer-lasting consequences for our nation’s wildlife and its habitat. The sooner we can end this shutdown, the sooner we can return to improving the stewardship of our natural heritage. Originally published in The National Journal 5 Responses to “Delayed Reaction” curtis echols October 12th, 2013 Hi, I was trying to contact anyone who might know about the possibility of adopting a pair of Buffalo? Anyone? Margaret October 14th, 2013 It is truly sad that all these good causes are on hold because of a few stubborn politicians that hold America hostage for their political ambitions. There is no need for it as there is enough money to have kept the government open. It was shut down because a few could not get their way. America suffers because of a few selfish politicians. How extremely sad that we need to be protected from them. Margaret October 14th, 2013 Curtis, try contacting some Native American tribes. Search for them in your browser. Good luck. Vincent Cornish October 14th, 2013 As a Social Psychologist I sense that there is a strong desire in many people desiring we could do some politician “census management” and/or “culling” at this time… Besides, pork-barrel politicos are certainly prolific, yet insufficiently endangered to think more rationally. lorishermer October 14th, 2013 Wolves are gods creaturesthat should not go banished off the face of the planet just for people and their ignorant ways Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. 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.