Posts Categorized: West Coast

Gray Wolf, © Gary Schultz

California prepares to welcome wolves home, but delays on providing state protections »

Now, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protection for wolves throughout most of the rest of the country, gray wolves are once again at risk. Delisting would short-circuit wolf recovery in the Pacific West and would effectively mean giving up on one of our country’s most important and iconic species. Fortunately, California has an opportunity to play a meaningful role in helping the gray wolf continue to recover in the coming months and years.

Solar facility, © NREL

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.

Gray wolf, © Tracy Brooks/USFWS

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up »

Gov. Otter’s “Wolf Control Board” passes House and moves to Senate; End of year count in Oregon shows gray wolf populations remain stable; Harmful legislation for Mexican gray wolves come closer to becoming law in Arizona; Judge considering Red wolf court case requests more information.

Dry riverbed, © NOAA

California Drought Legislation Must Strike a Balance To Protect Fish and Wildlife, Too »

California is currently experiencing the worst water crisis in the state’s modern history, with three consecutive years of extremely dry weather. Although a recent storm – the first of this year’s wet season – provided some relief, California still has a long, long way to go to get back to normal. To put this in historical perspective, February 2012 – January 2014 marked the driest such 24-month period on record.