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Rare Prairie Butterfly Granted Endangered Species Act Protection

Posted by Megan Mueller - January 14, 2015 - Blog

In response to a 2003 petition and subsequent advocacy by Rocky Mountain Wild (then Center for Native Ecosystems), and several other conservation organizations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife granted Endangered Species Act protection to a prairie butterfly, the Dakota Skipper. The Dakota Skipper has lost the majority of its habitat in the past several hundred years and has continued to experience declines in the last few decades. The North American tallgrass prairie, where this species resides, is one of the most imperiled ecosystems in the world. Most of this ecologically vital ecosystem has been converted to agriculture, and less than one percent remains intact today.

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Objection Filed on Proposed Land Exchange At Wolf Creek Pass

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - January 7, 2015 - Newsroom, Press Releases

January 6, 2015, Monte Vista, CO – Today a coalition of conservation organizations announce the filing of a 96-page Objection with the Forest Service concerning a proposed land exchange near Wolf Creek Pass. The land exchange would allow construction of a city in a high-altitude location that receives an average of 428 inches of snow annually, and is an important wildlife corridor for many species. The development, called the Village at Wolf Creek, has been at the center of controversy since 1986.

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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Rare Utah and Colorado Wildflowers from Oil Development

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - January 5, 2015 - Newsroom, Press Releases

SALT LAKE CITY— Seven conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for denying Endangered Species Act protection to two imperiled wildflowers in Utah and Colorado.

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